Shoes with a thicker cushion sole may be beneficial in absorbing the abnormal pressure. If abnormal weight distribution is the cause of the callus formation, an orthotic can control the pressure across the balls of the feet. The excessive callus tissue can be trimmed in our office for temporary relief. Although corns and calluses can be unsightly, you need treatment only if they cause discomfort. For most people, eliminating the source of friction or pressure makes corns and calluses disappear. If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor circulation to your feet, you’re at greater risk of complications. Seek your doctor’s advice on caring for corns and calluses. There is nothing glamorous about corns and calluses but they are abundant and occur more often than just about any other foot malady. Corns are thickened lumps formed on the outer layer of skin and occur over bony areas, such as toe joints, especially on the tops or sides of toes. Corns are most recognizable by a small, tender, and painful raised bump that has a noticeably hard-textured center. Corns can be tender and painful, depending on how large they are and how much pressure shoes put on them. Three to four times a week apply some of the Callus Eliminator to the pedifile and gentle scrub over your calluses. When you remove your moleskin, hold your surrounding skin taut as you slowly pull your moleskin pad away from your callus or blister. If your moleskin pad is situated on your sole, pull the moleskin back toward your heel; you risk tearing your skin when you pull in the opposite direction. Moleskin pads are inexpensive, easy to apply and can be cut to your exact needs and specifications. Depending on what type of shoe you have a passion for, deformities will manifest in different ways. Myself, I’ve always preferred 4-6 inch heeled sandals and boots with a slightly squared toe. It is important, whether you have diabetes or not, to get your corns and calluses evaluated by your doctor or podiatrist. The longer that corns and calluses are allowed to form, the body will treat them like a foreign body. It is possible that your feet could become abscessed. Diabetics are at the most risk for infections of the feet due to peripheral neuropathy, poor circulation and ill-fitting shoes. As for my wife, she'll come around to incorporating some of my suggestions. And when she does she'll probably say, "If you really loved me you would have told me about all this long ago." Another way to distinguish the difference between a corn and callus is by appearance. Both of them are thickened and hard with a shiny whitish wax-like appearance. The medical term for the thickened and hardening of skin is hyperkeratosis. However, a callus is hard and thickened from top to bottom where as a corn only has a hard center core, but then the surrounding skin will be red from inflammation. I know, I know what you’re thinking. More? Honestly, I can’t make this shit up. I was researching something totally unrelated today and discovered a reason for something I first noticed many months ago but hadn’t thought worth discussing. Take for instance the diabetic with diminished or absent feeling of their feet applying one to a nagging corn and leaving it on a bit longer than he should. Such was the case during my residency. The end result was that the gentleman didn’t have to worry about getting his nails cut anymore. We removed both of his pinky toes and without the use of anesthesia, by the way. It’s not that an extreme case, trust me on this one. Vitamin E is found in plant oils such as soya, corn and olive oil and nuts and helps healing to the circulatory system While bunions often have a similar outward appearance to the hard skin of a corn or callus, they actually represent excessive bone growth and inflammation caused by excessive fluid from the bursa sacks in your big toe. Bunions often cause irritation to the skin where the big toe meets the metatarsal bone. In reflexology, a bunion often represents a malfunction with respect to the spleen. This can result in hypoglycemia and sugar cravings which a reflexologist may seek to remedy through treatment and recommended diet changes. Eczema Take a gallon of warm water, and add half a cup of baking soda, ensuring that it dissolves completely in the water. After checking with your doctor in order to get permission for at home callus treatment, you can now try out some of the methods below to treat your callus and get your feet looking great once again. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises that you should try the following things to remove calluses. As calluses are hardened areas of skin that have thickened through repetitive contact, they are usually found where the bare skin comes into contact with footwear, such as in the soles, especially in the heel area, as well as the toes of the feet.