Many of us, especially women who tend to wear less-than-sensible-shoes, have at least one corn or callus on our feet. A corn or callus is an area of thickened skin that develops in a spot on your foot that is prone to pressure. Typically a corn will develop on or between toes, while a callus will form on the bottom of your foot.
Corns and calluses are the body’s natural way of protect itself from the impact of pressure (which can come from exterior factors, like bad shoes, or internal issues, like bone structure.) Problems can begin when you don’t relieve the pressure on your feet at the first appearance of a corn or callus; pressure can continue to build until the area of thickened skin becomes inflamed and painful.
Think that’s bad? It can get worse! A small callus can develop a deep core which extends into your foot (a nucleation), leaving you with a condition known as Intractable Plantar Keratosis. If you have a deep callus, walking will be so painful it can feel like you’re stepping on glass every time you put your foot down!
Obviously, no one wants to get to this point, at which surgical removal of the callus core may be the only way to relieve the pain and pressure. A smarter move would be to see your Houston podiatrist as soon as you notice a change in the texture of your skin which could indicate the formation of a corn or callus.
At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, I assess corns and calluses to determine their cause, after which I implement a plan to manage the pain and pressure. Treatment options include the use of padding, changing shoes to minimize pressure and the use of orthotics to relieve the pressure beneath the foot. Only if corns or calluses are left to develop unchecked will surgery be unnecessary, so the sooner you come see me, the less invasive your treatment options will be.