Katie Holmes, one of the richest and most famous celebrities in Hollywood also has her own share of physical flaw. The popular actress is rumoured to have corns and calluses on her feet. But what are corn and calluses?
Corn and calluses are a painful thickening of the skin that usually occurs on the feet and is caused by friction or pressure. A callus is a more diffuse, flat area of the thick skin while the appearance of corn is a waxy, flaky, and translucent. Corns and calluses usually occur in feet and causes pain and discomfort when walking.
To understand more about corns and calluses, consult a podiatrist. Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum are Podiatrists who specialize in helping people with foot disorders.
What are some of the causes of corn and calluses?
- Repeated pressure on the feet like walking or running
- Dry skin
- Deformities in the foot
- Incorrect walking motion
- Reduced fatty padding
- Wearing high-heeled shoes
- Wearing of ill-fitting shoes
- Wearing shoes or sandals with no socks
What are the possible sign and symptoms of corn and calluses?
The following are some of the signs and symptoms of corns and calluses:
- Area of flaky, dry skin
- Skin is bumpy
- Pain or tenderness
- Pain felt under the skin
- Skin is thick and has a hard patch
How to treat corns and calluses?
With the help of some medicated products, treating corns and calluses is possible. Always check with your podiatrist first before treatment. Treating corns and calluses involves the removal of the thickened skin as well as getting rid of the pressure and friction.
- Hard skin removal
- Protective corn plasters
- Use of silicone wedges that redistribute pressure evenly
- Soft padding or foam insoles
- Special rehydration cream intended for corns and calluses treatment
- Salicylic acid patches
- Wearing of comfortable flat shoes instead of high-heeled shoes
- Do not wear high-heeled shoes again
If you happened to notice that your corn and calluses are swelling or you are in pain, see your doctor right away.
Can we prevent corns and calluses?
By reducing or eliminating activities that lead to increased pressure on the feet, it is possible to prevent the development of corns and calluses. By looking at your feet, you are helping yourself to prevent corns and calluses.
- After washing, dry your feet thoroughly and apply a moisturizing foot cream
- Wear only the right pair of shoes
- Never hesitate to visit a podiatrist if you are already feeling pain
- To remove hard skin, use pumice stone or foot file
- Wear shoes that are perfectly and comfortably fitted to your foot
At The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders. To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.