Corns and Callus
These are areas of hard skin that are formed as a result of excess pressure, shear or friction on areas of the foot.
A corn has a central core where the pressure has been concentrated.
Reasons for removal
- To alleviate pain
- To prevent muscle/ligament strains from trying to offload the areas
- To prevent ulceration of the areas if the corns or callus are left to get too large/deep (particularly important in Diabetic or other high risk patients)
- To prevent fissures/cracking and blistering beneath
- Prevention of falls in elderly or disabled patients and increase mobility
- Cosmetic purposes