Pain in the feet most commonly occurs when the skin becomes thicker due to rubbing, imbalance and being overloaded in certain places.  Poorly fitting and uncomfortable shoes and dry skin are the major factors in this regard.


Corns and calluses occur when the skin becomes thicker.  Corns are generally found between the toes (soft corns) and the joints (hard corns that affect hammer toes and on the soles of the feet.  The thickening of the skin is localized and takes the form of a cone-shaped core.  Corns may be painful.  When the skin becomes thick in several places, the term callus applies.  These are mainly found on the heel and under the forefoot.




It’s tempting to remove corns and calluses for yourself using a razor blade or scissors, but it’s never a good idea.  The risks of injury or infection are high.  Also using the pumice stone excessively (more than twice weekly) and limit its use to the heel.


The skin on the forefoot and toes is more sensitive and more prone to irritation.  Cosmetic products to relieve these conditions are also available, but they are often only partially effective, and are also not advised for diabetics or people suffering from peripheral vascular disease.


For truly effective treatment, the best thing to do is to consult your podiatrist.  Only your podiatrist can resolve the problem by taking a holistic approach, while your podiatrist will be in a position to determine whether the corns and calluses could be treated with medicinal creams or ointments, or if treatment using a scalpel or milling tool is required.


Finally, your podiatrist may find it necessary to examine the movement of your lower limbs to confirm what caused your condition and to give advice relating to things like your choice of shoes to prevent recurrence.


Feel free to request a consultation.


Source : Ordre des podiatres du Québec

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