Corns & Calluses — How A Chiropodist Can Help
- Do you feel like you’re walking on a rock?
- Do you feel like something is stuck in your foot but you can’t get it out?
- Does it hurt to put pressure on that spot?
These yellowish kernel-sized bumps can make being on your toes a very painful experience. They’re caused by friction and pressure and are as old as feet themselves.
There are several different types of corns. Long standing corns can sometimes have blood vessels and nerves within them. The ideal formation condition for corns occurs when the skin is wedged between a shoe and a bone on the foot.
Most often corns are between or on the toes, but you can get corns anywhere on your foot depending of the shearing and frictional forces at work.They’re basically miniature calluses and have to be treated the same way. Wider shoes, bathing and scraping with a pumice stone may do the trick.
Often corns can become painful and require treatment from a foot specialist. Treatment includes physically removing the corns and any callus surrounding the area.
Most often, the pain will be eliminated. The specific reasons for the corn or callus formation should be addressed as well. If the problem is footwear, changing to a more appropriate shoe may be all that is needed. If the corns are formed due to an underlying biomechanical imbalance, a custom orthotic may be recommended in order the re-distribute the weight to the appropriate joints when you walk.
- Do you have dead skin build-up on the bottom of your foot?
Calluses are naturally manufactured protection for the ball of the foot and for heels. The layers of thick, dead skin can be useful since they form in areas that need to be protected from repetitive friction. Your body forms this thick dead skin in order to protect the more sensitive tissues underneath.
Poor fitting shoes can cause calluses. Or the cause may be more complicated, such as uneven weight distribution and biomechanical instability when you walk. You can prevent many calluses by wearing different shoes for a variety of weight distribution on your feet and applying a moisturizing cream.
Why are my calluses are painful?
Occasionally calluses can become painful and require treatment from a chiropodist and foot specialist. Treatment includes physically removing the callus. Most often, this will help elimate the pain.
A biomechanical assessment and gait analysis can help identify the reasons for the callus formation. If the problem is footwear, changing to a more appropriate shoe may be all that is needed. If the callus is formed due to an underlying biomechanical imbalance, a custom orthotic may re recommended in order to re-distribute your weight on the appropriate joints when you walk.
I am a registered chiropodist and foot care specialist and have been helping patients for over 20 years.
Are you uncertain about whether you should choose a chiropodist vs. podiatrist? Chiropodists and podiatrists provide the same care. There are 600 registered chiropodists in Ontario and only 60 podiatrists. The College of Chiropodists of Ontario stopped using the name podiatrist in Ontario in 1993, over 26 years ago — but the name is still used in other provinces in Canada, also USA and UK.
Chiropodists today must complete 7 years of post-secondary education. We do complete case management of foot problems, assessing and treating the entire foot and its complications.
Chiropodist Trina Scarrow, BSc, DCh treating a patient with foot pain — for proper foot functioning and overall well-being.
I provide full biomechanical exams and gait analysis — I will be able to help address your foot discomfort by foot care treatment, custom orthotics and orthopaedic shoes, surgery, medication, laser or physical therapy.
Chiropodists and podiatrists are the only regulated health professions who have the ability to prescribe and provide custom orthotics as defined in the Regulated Health Profession Act of Ontario.
I want to help get your feet functioning better so you can feel better.