Corn and Callus Treatment Singapore
Corns and calluses are thickened layers of skin that form in regions where there is a lot of pressure, friction, and irritation. They can be found on the foot, toes, hands, and fingers quite commonly.
While they may appear unsightly, they are not harmful and can be quickly addressed if they cause pain. Calluses and corns normally disappear without treatment if the excessive weight-bearing forces and high pressure acting on the foot are removed to provide long term relief.
However, corns and calluses can be a problem with certain illnesses like diabetic neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease. If you have corns or calluses with one of these two conditions, you should see our trained podiatrist instead of treating them yourself. If left untreated, it may lead to serious complications.
How Corns and Calluses Form
Calluses and corns are indicators of underlying biomechanical issues that occur as a result of increased pressure on our feet interacting with the ground.
In some circumstances, they can be early warning signs of more serious foot problems. They may signify irregularities or deformities in bone structure, like a bone spur or osteoarthritis.
Calluses and corns are also frequently caused by wearing shoes that don't fit appropriately. Sometimes, the way a person walks can be a factor as they are caused by constant pressure in one region.
A hard 'corn' can form if pressure is concentrated in a small location, usually in non-weight-bearing areas. They are concentrated areas of dry, hard skin about the size of a pea that may cause inflammation, resulting in tenderness, swelling, and redness.
Meanwhile, 'soft' corns occur where the skin is moist from sweat or inadequate drying. Thus, they're usually found between your toes and can be extremely painful. They resemble hard corns that have been softened by continuous exposure to moisture.
Other rarer types of corns include seed corns, vascular corns and fibrous corns.
Calluses are larger than corns and develop as a result of friction caused by shoes or walking barefoot. They are sections of thick skin that occur due to high friction or pressure.
Calluses develop most frequently on the soles and balls of the feet because these areas are subjected to the most ground pressure.
Heel calluses can turn into painful skin cracks that turn into sores.
Risk Factors for Corns and Calluses
Virtually anyone can develop calluses and corns. In fact, corns and calluses impact more people than any other type of foot issue.
That said, some demographics may be more prone to developing these conditions:
- Older people's feet usually have less fatty tissue and flexibility, causing calluses to form in areas with a lack of padding.
- Jobs that require you to be on your feet for long periods of time can lead to thickened skin developing over time.
- If your feet have any protrusions on your feet, it can cause that area to rub against your shoes, leading to corns.
Treating calluses and corns at Dr Foot Podiatry Clinic
Tried over-the-counter treatments like salicylic acid but failed to see results? Unable to get rid of the dead skin with a pumice stone at home?
Opt for professional treatment at Dr Foot Podiatry Clinic instead!
Get back healthy skin and feet with our educative care and efficient podiatry treatments.
Each 1.5-hour consultation begins with history taking by our expert podiatrist. This is where we delve into your symptoms, possible underlying causes and other factors to determine the most likely cause of your corns and calluses.
Next, our podiatrist will carry out a physical examination to determine the type of condition you are facing. Because calluses are often signs of other issues, it's crucial to have your feet examined to figure out what's causing the unequal distribution of extra pressure on the foot.
This helps us determine the next best course of action.
Upon diagnosis, we begin customising your treatment plan. We will educate you about your condition and field any questions or concerns you may have throughout your consultation.
We utilise modern podiatric equipment, such as water spray drills and vacuum suction drills, to relieve pain by gently removing corns and calluses. This gets rid of the hardened skin without damaging the surrounding skin or blood vessels.
This may be combined with the application of topical ointments. This is especially true for corns, which are prone to ulceration and infection. Thus, this ointment helps slow down or even eradicate the growth of corns.
Recovery & Prevention
During your recovery, you will also be educated about the possible risk factors and causes of your corns and calluses, along with the ways to prevent infection.
Our podiatrist will not only suggest techniques to ease pain and get rid of corns or calluses but also assist in identifying the source of the problem and reducing the chances of it returning.
Healthy feet begins at Dr Foot Podiatry Clinic.
Our podiatry clinic has several pain-free and effective therapy modalities that has saved many patients from invasive and costly surgeries.
We combine the latest generation of technology alongside our modern podiatric techniques to ensure you the best recovery possible.
Say hello to healthy feet and reach your recovery goals with us!