Foot pain, corns, lesions, spurs, and other common ailments can sideline you for days, weeks, or even longer. And that’s unacceptable. You have a life to lead. In some cases, you can benefit from orthotics and other simple methods of treatment that allow your foot to heal. When surgery is required, that can often mean considerably longer recovery time, not to mention the possibility of complications. Well, here at NYC Foot & Ankle Center, we are committed to the best possible treatments that produce excellent results with the least downtime. If you suffer from calluses, corns or other foot ailments, Drs. Abbott and Valencia can help.
Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe. Corns usually develop on the toes and calluses on the soles of the feet. A healthy person may treat these calluses only if they cause discomfort. For most people, simply eliminating the source of friction or pressure makes them disappear. However, if you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet, you’re at greater risk of complications from corns and calluses.
When the irritation or friction that caused the callus is removed, most calluses gradually disappear, although our doctor may shave the top of a callus to reduce the thickness. Properly positioned moleskin pads can help relieve pressure on a callus. Moisturizing creams may help soften the skin and remove cracked calluses. If surgery is appropriate, our minimally invasive surgery protects the soft tissue, has minimal scarring, less swelling, and a faster recovery time. A conservative approach is best initially. Keep the feet dry and friction-free. Wear properly fitted shoes and cotton socks, not wool or synthetic fibers that might irritate the skin. If it is determined your callus is caused by abnormal foot structure, walking motion, or hip rotation, orthopedic shoe inserts or surgery to correct foot deformities may help correct the problem.