Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin that develop to protect that area from irritation. They occur when something rubs against the foot repeatedly or causes excess pressure against part of the foot. Corns and calluses can be prevented by wearing shoes that fit properly or using gel pad inserts.
If the corn or callus isn’t bothering you, it may be ok to leave it alone. But if your footwear is causing it, it is time to look for new shoes! Should you use an over-the-counter treatment?
Over-the-counter treatments can do more harm than good, especially if you have any medical conditions such as diabetes. Some over-the-counter treatments contain harsh chemicals, which can lead to burns or even foot ulcers. If corns or calluses are causing pain and discomfort in any way, see your podiatrist.
Warts are one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful. They are caused by a virus and can appear anywhere on the skin.
Warts are often mistaken for corns or calluses. The wart, however, is a viral infection. Warts can be prevented by keeping your feet clean and dry and avoiding direct contact with warts on other people.
Self-treatment is generally not advisable. Over-the-counter preparations contain acids or chemicals that destroy skin cells and caninadvertently destroy surrounding healthy tissue. Self-treatment with such medications should be avoided by people with diabetes and those with cardiovascular or circulatory disorders. Never use these medications in the presence of an active infection.
Contact Dr. Kylin Kovac if you have any issues of the skin of the foot in order to ensure a correct diagnosis and start on the proper treatment plan! You can also reach us at 208-529-8393.
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