Calluses and Corns - Topic Overview
How are they treated? continued...
Surgery is rarely used to treat calluses
or corns. But if a bone structure (such
hammer toe or
bunion) is causing a callus or corn, surgery can be
used to change or remove the bone structure. This is used only if other
treatment has failed.
If you have
peripheral arterial disease,
peripheral neuropathy, or other conditions that cause
circulatory problems or numbness, talk to your doctor before you try any
treatment for calluses or corns.
How can calluses and corns be prevented?
Calluses and corns can be prevented by
reducing or eliminating pressure on the skin.
Calluses on your hands usually can be prevented by wearing gloves to protect your hands, such as when gardening or lifting weights. Calluses on your feet can usually be prevented by wearing shoes and socks that fit well.
Corns on your feet can usually be prevented by wearing shoes that have a wider toe box. So can getting both feet measured by a shoe store clerk before buying a pair of shoes.
- Wear shoes that fit
- Wear gloves while using a tool such as a garden spade or
rake. If you expose other parts of your body to friction, wear appropriate
padding. For example, if you are on your knees laying carpet, wear knee
The way you walk can be affected by the bones in your feet or even tight calf muscles. If so, a podiatrist may be able to help you make changes that can prevent foot problems like calluses and corns.