CALLOUSES, CORNS & CRACKED HEELS
Callouses, Corns and Cracked Heels are annoying and sometimes painful things to deal with.
Our podiatrists are trained to treat these and work on solutions to resolve or improve them.
Calluses are hard skin that is generally found in high-pressure areas, such as the heels or balls of your feet. Callus builds up and gets thicker in order to protect the softer sensitive skin below. In some cases, callus can build up due to skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Removing or treating your calluses is painless. Our Podiatrists are able to remove most, if not all of your callus in one 30-minute appointment, but you may need more time depending on the amount and thickness of your callus.
Our podiatrists may recommend the use of special creams to help soften and reduce the build-up of your callus. Orthotics may also be discussed as a long-term solution to re-distribute any high-pressure areas which can reduce callus build-up.
Corns come in many different sizes, shapes and presentations. A Corn is similar to a callus, in that it occurs in high-pressure and high-friction areas. However, it is generally in the shape of a little ball (sometimes as small as a pinpoint!). This ball of callus pushes on soft, healthy skin which is why it causes so much pain.
Corns can occur in between toes; on the outside of your toe knuckles, and anywhere on the soles of your feet.
These can be quickly, easily and painlessly removed, and often our podiatrists will employ different techniques to try and reduce how quickly they build up.
Sometimes, corns can be treated with minimally invasive surgery (in-office) by our Podiatric Surgeons. These procedures are reserved and on a case-by-case basis for those in regular pain or for those who attend many times throughout the year to have their corns removed.
Cracked heels are often due to a pressure and moisture imbalance. These imbalances can be caused by weight, foot posture, water intake, footwear choices, medical conditions and specific medications.
Cracked or fissured heels can be treated with regular podiatry appointments and improved moisture control.
Our Podiatrists use a range of techniques to reduce these cracks whilst also stopping them from cracking again.
If you have calluses, corns or cracked heels, call our friendly staff or book an appointment online, today.