How to Prevent Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are thickened areas of skin that result from pressure. If this pressure continues, the skin get thicker and can become painful or unsightly. This is when we seek treatment. However, in many cases corns and calluses can be prevented. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Change your footwear. This may be all that is necessary, since the most common cause of a corn or callus is poorly fitting shoes. A shoe may be too tight or too loose and rub across the toes
  2. Apply an emollient or moisturizer to your feet after bathing or showering. It is best to do this when you are sitting down so that the it can soak into the skin. If your skin is very dry then you may be more prone to calluses and corns
  3. Dry your feet thoroughly paying particular attention between your toes
  4. Visit your Foot Health Practitioner if you continue to get corns and calluses. They will be able to tell you the cause of the problem along with removing the corn or callus

If you have diabetes, poor circulation, arthritis, a poor immune system or you cannot reach or see your feet, always seek medical attention before attempting to treat a corn or callus yourself.

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