Don’t Be So Callus

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With warm weather just around the corner, we here at Bay Podiatry Associates want to help ensure that your feet are as pretty as possible. Corns and calluses are nothing to be ashamed of. After all, they’re a completely natural skin condition caused by extended friction applied to the skin of your feet, and can form on almost anyone. However, if corns and calluses are affecting your confidence and holding you back, here are some tips for taking care of them for good.

Exfoliate

            You don’t need to spend a fortune on a spa day to show your feet a little love. Over-the-counter exfoliating creams or washes can soften tough skin on the bottom of your feet and restore a smooth, healthy look. For especially tough calluses, you can start by gently debulking the area with a pumice stone before washing with an exfoliant. This process can be fun and relaxing but should only be performed every other day at the most. Over-exfoliating can cause more problems than it solves, so talk to your podiatrist about the best care routine for your skin type.

Watch Your Step

            As mentioned earlier, corns and calluses are most often caused by abnormal friction in specific points of your feet. If you find that your feet are toughening up more than usual, it could be a sign that your shoes don’t properly fit your foot shape. The easy solution is to talk to your foot doctor about custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are shoe inserts designed specifically for your foot. This means they’ll support the high-friction points in your current shoes and prevent more calluses from forming.

Foot Surgery

            In some cases, conservative treatments like routine foot care and orthotics don’t work. In these rare circumstances, your podiatrist will evaluate the bone structure of your foot to see if the bones are aligned in a way that is causing you excessive friction while walking. If this is the case, your doctor will investigate foot surgery options to reshape the bone and save you some pain in the long run.

Don’t let corns and calluses ruin your summer! At-home care is a great start for smoothing out your feet, but our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas is ready to help you find a long-term solution to tough feet. Make an appointment online to visit our office in Brooklyn, NY or call at (718) 266-1986.