Calluses are areas of thickened skin found in areas under a lot of pressure and friction. It is our body’s way of protecting ourselves from damage to underlying structures. The most common place for callus to build up is around the back of your heels. If untreated, the callus begins to crack & can cause pain.
Corns start out as small areas of callus but become harder, and more concentrated lesions. They tend to grow deeper into the skin, rather than staying on the top of the skin, like calluses. This can be very painful and sometimes feel like a "rock in your shoe".
Both corns & callus can be caused by poorly fitted footwear (too tight or too loose) or from not wearing any shoes at all when walking for long periods of time. If your foot shape doesn't match the shoe shape then something has to give - and it's usually your feet that suffer at the end of the day.
Podiatrists treat these skin issues on a daily basis. We remove the calluses and corns using sterilised instruments and provide advice to prevent them from reoccurring.
If you have hard skin on your feet and the skin does not appear to be responding to simple moisturising, we recommend booking an appointment to see one of our podiatrists for professional help.