How to Treat Corns & Calluses
More time at home can mean more opportunities to go out for a walk, but when corns and calluses begin to develop on your feet, walking can end up being a painful experience!
What is a corn or callus?
A corn or callus is an area of thickened skin, which can become sore and inflamed due to persistent pressure or friction.
How do you treat corns or calluses?
If you develop corns or calluses on your feet, try the following:
- Soak your foot in warm water for 15-20 minutes then file down any thickened skin with a pumice stone (don’t do this if you have diabetes however, seek professional advice instead)
- Use a moisturising cream to keep your skin soft
- Corn plasters may provide relief for some
- Ensure your shoes are not too tight – make sure you wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes and socks
- Take note of how you walk, do you tend to put too much pressure on any part of your foot?
- If you do, you could try using a shoe insert or insole
Get your feet in the best possible shape you can, then continue to look after them so that corns or calluses have a much lesser chance of reappearing.
- Calluses and corns – Health Navigator
- Corn and callus – DermNet NZ
- Corn treatment and pads – Scholl NZ
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