Why do I get corns and callous?

Why is it that some of us have hard and painful skin on our feet whilst others have soft and smooth skin? Why is it that some of us are prone to painful corns that feel like pebbles attached to the soles of our feet whilst others have never had a corn in their life? Our feet are complicated in function and try to protect themselves however possible. But what is it specifically that makes us more and less prone to hard skin.

The main concept with hard skin on our feet is force. Our feet are clever, when an area of the skin is prone to more force the skin thickens as a means to protect itself. The heels and balls of our feet are especially common due to the pressure they are under during walking. The more we weigh, the more we walk and the way we walk all add more pressure to certain parts of our feet. If these areas are particularly small, like the pressure underneath a joint, the hard skin forms over and over until it channels into the skin itself. This forms into what we call a corn.

In the case of all corns and callous if we remove the pressure we remove the pain. The first solution is to remove the hard skin. Pumicestones and moisturisers with urea are excellent options for removing callous as they remove or breakdown the expansive layers. In the case of cracks or corns, or even when there’s a significant amount of callous, debridement by a podiatrist is the best course of treatment.

The cause of the excess pressure must be addressed as well. Whether it’s caused by poor foot mechanics, tight muscles or old footwear, we must change the cause or the corns and callous will return rapidly.

If you’re having persistent problems with corns and callous book to see one of podiatrists and they can help with managing them. Call our reception at (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment.