Callus & Corns Essendon & Blackburn
Melbourne Podiatry Clinic based in Essendon & Blackburn provide quality care for calluses and corns to residents throughout Melbourne including Strathmore, Essendon, Blackburn, Box Hill, Mitcham, Brunswick West & Forest Hill.
What is callus?
Callus is a thickening of the skin that has formed in response to a concentration of pressure. It is the body’s protective mechanism to protect the sensitive structures under the skin. Usually calluses are not painful but can cause issues with underlying skin breakdown and rubbing of footwear. Calluses are more prevalent in the older population due to the atrophy of the fat pad under the bones in the feet. Abnormalities of gait or foot posture as well as poor fitting footwear can cause significant callus build-up.
A podiatrist can debride the hardened callus painlessly leaving the feet feeling comfortable and pain-free. Our treatment involves an initial cleanse and then the callus is removed. A moisturiser is then applied to freshen and rejuvenate the feet. We then examine why the callus is occurring and discuss management strategies to prevent it from returning.
What is a corn?
Corns usually occur over when a bony prominence presses against another bone, shoe or the ground trapping the skin in between. Corns can be very painful, especially when the corn grows deep into the skin. Small wounds can develop over high pressure areas and this is of particular concern with diabetic patients.
The corn is removed using a sterile blade. This is usually painless and results in instant relief. Similar to callus there are biomechanical and structural issues that contribute to corns and your podiatrist will look to treat these directly.