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Corns and Calluses on Your Feet? What to Do

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Do not try this yourself at home to prevent any risk of infection.

The doctor may suggest using special pads with salicylic acid, which acts to dissolve the thickened skin. This can be purchased in the drug store without a prescription.

In between applications, he may want you to soak your feet in a bath, then use a pumice stone to rub off the dead skin to thin the callus or corn.

Topical antibiotics may be used as well. It is unlikely that surgery will be suggested to remove the thickened skin areas.

If the podiatrist feels that your corns and calluses are related to your foot biomechanics, he may suggest off-the-shelf or prescription orthotics to provide more support to your feet when walking.

There is a saying, “When your feet hurt, everything hurts.” Take special care of your feet so they don’t get in the way of enjoying the activities you love to do.


Corns and calluses. Mayoclinic.com. Retrieved Mar. 25, 2012.

Calluses and Corns - Treatment Overview. WebMD. Retrieved Mar. 25, 2012.

Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele are at www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles

Edited by Jody Smith

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