Skin Disorders

Corns & Callous

Corns and callous are areas of thickened skin that occur from abnormal pressure. The skin protects itself from pressure by getting thicker which creates a callous or a more localised corn. Corns are usually circular and deep and feel like a piece of glass or rock inside. If left too long, the skin underneath may ulcerate requiring urgent podiatry treatment and wound care.

It is particularly important for people with Diabetes to have their callous and corns treated in order to prevent ulcerations.

What causes a callous or corn?

  • Footwear that is too tight or too loose
  • Toe deformities, such as hammer toes or bunions, increasing pressure from the shoes.
  • Biomechanical or gait abnormalities that cause pressure under the bottom surface of the foot.

Corn removers and other chemical products from the chemist burn the corn but they also burn the good skin. We never recommend them. The podiatrists at Sole Therapy will safely remove your corns and callous. This is generally a simple, pain free and comfortable procedure which we will do using sterile instruments during your appointment. Our podiatrists will also assess the cause of the pressure to help prevent the corns and callous from returning.

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Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are caused by cracking or splitting of the skin. This splitting may be due to dryness or thickening of the skin (callus) that cracks and breaks under pressure.

When the skin around the heels becomes thickened or dry, it loses it’s suppleness and elasticity, and can split under simple pressures such as that from walking. This can lead to unsightly, painful and even bleeding cracked heels.

At Sole Therapy we provide safe sterile skin care with a 30 minute treatment that will leave your heels feeling baby bottom smooth. Call today and make an appointment for a General Treatment.

 

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