Treatment of Corns and Calluses in Salt Lake City, UT

Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology Treats Corns and Calluses

Individuals in Salt Lake City, UT who suffer from corns and calluses count on the dermatologists at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology for treatment. While corns and calluses are not severe medical problems, they can be unsightly and painful. Our team of medical professionals has decades’ worth of experience treating skin conditions of all varieties, so corns and calluses are no match for us. We invite you to visit our warm, welcoming clinic in Salt Lake City with any concerns or to address the corns and calluses on your feet or hands today. We will gladly discuss your treatment options and implement a plan to remove your unpleasant growths. Call us to learn more.

What Are Corns and Calluses?

Corns and calluses are areas of thick, hardened skin layers that develop in response to friction and pressure, most often on one’s feet, hands, fingers, and toes. While they are similar in nature, corns and calluses are not the same things. Calluses typically develop on the soles of one’s feet – especially under the balls or heels – or on one’s palms. Their size will vary but they are almost always larger than corns. Their counterparts, corns, feature a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. You will usually find corns on non-weightbearing areas of the feet and even between toes. They are often painful when pressed, whereas calluses rarely cause any discomfort.

What Are Symptoms Associated with Corns and Calluses?

Many symptoms can distinguish different forms of corns and calluses, but some elements are universal. The first signs of corns and calluses are thick areas of rough skin. The condition can also be identified by hardened, raised bumps; tenderness under one’s skin; or flaky, dry, or waxy skin. The dermatologists will help you understand your corns and calluses based on the symptoms you exhibit. Types include:

  • Hard corn – Normally on the top of a toe or outside of one’s little toe, a hard corn is a small patch of hard skin with a dense core.
  • Soft corn – A soft corn is typically found between the toes. This condition features a reddened, tender area of skin.
  • Seed corn – This normally develops on the ball or heel of one’s foot and features a plug-like circle of dead skin. It is painful.
  • Plantar callus – A plantar callus develops on the plantar surface of one’s foot.

What Causes Corns and Calluses?

Corns and calluses develop as a result of friction and pressure from repetitive actions. Individuals who wear ill-fitting shoes are prone to developing corns and calluses. Tight shoes can compress areas of one’s foot, while loose-fitting shoes allow your foot to move and rub against seams and stitches. Another cause of these conditions is the neglect of socks. Skipping socks while wearing shoes can cause friction for your feet. Finally, playing instruments is a common way to develop calluses on one’s hands. The repetitive actions of instruments or other hand tools can damage your hands and fingers.

When You Should See A Doctor

Corns and calluses may not be causing any harm. They are an unpleasant sight but typically do not cause any serious health concerns. However, if your corn or callus becomes inflamed or painful, contact Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology right away. We will quickly remedy your condition and ease your discomfort. Do not try to treat or remove a corn or callus on your own. Even a minor cut can lead to an infection or an ulcer that will cause more dire consequences. Additionally, if you develop a corn and have circulatory problems or diabetes, give us a call. These conditions increase your risk of developing an infection.

How to Effectively Diagnose Corns and Calluses

The dermatologists at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology will scrape off a portion of your affected skin to determine if your condition is corns and calluses or warts. Scraping calluses simply reveals more dead skin, whereas scraping warts causes bleeding. If a physical abnormality is causing the corn or callus, your doctor may also take an x-ray of the area before determining a treatment plan.

Treating Corns and Calluses in Salt Lake City, UT

The initial step for treating corns and calluses is avoiding the repetitive actions that caused them in the first place. Many corns and calluses will go away if the friction or pressure is no longer present. But if yours persist despite self-care efforts, Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology can present various treatment options, including:

  • Trim away excess skin – We can use a scalpel to trim away your excess skin from the comfort of our Salt Lake City office.
  • Medication – Our dermatologists can apply medication to clear away your calluses.
  • Shoe inserts – The team at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology can recommend shoe inserts that will prevent recurring corns and calluses.
  • Surgery – If necessary, we can perform surgery to correct bone alignment and eliminate friction.

Contact Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology Today

If you have a growing patch of hardened skin that is becoming an eyesore or a literal pain, do something about it. Corns and calluses are generally not going to cause any medical problems, but they can be unpleasant and aggravating. Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology can quickly diagnose and treat or remove your corns and calluses so that you can walk comfortably and even wear flip-flops around Salt Lake City, UT. Contact our dermatologists today to schedule an appointment.

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  • Board Certified Dermatologists
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