Conquering Corns, Calluses, and More: A Podiatrist’s Skin Care Guide


The skin on your feet deals with exterior stressors every day, enduring the pressure of your body weight, the friction of shoes, and the unforgiving terrain we walk on. No wonder, then, that they sometimes develop corns and calluses!

Luckily, Syracuse Podiatry is here to assist. By understanding these common podiatric concerns and knowing when to seek professional help, you can keep your feet feeling fantastic. Check out the tips and tricks below, and you’ll be well on your way to fresh skin, fit feet, and general wellbeing.

Corns: Comfort Killers

  • These concentrated areas of hardened skin form on pressure points like toes or the tops of feet.
  • They can be quite painful, thanks to a central core that pushes inward on nerves.

Calluses: A Common Complaint

  • These broader patches of thickened skin usually appear on areas like heels and balls of feet.
  • While not as painful as corns, they can still be unsightly and uncomfortable.

Plantar Warts: Persistent Pests

  • These rough, cauliflower-like growths on the soles of your feet are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While usually harmless, they can be tender and make walking uncomfortable.
  • Podiatrists have various treatment options for plantar warts, including acid-based topical medications, freezing techniques employing liquid nitrogen, and minor surgical removal.

DIY or SOS? When to See a Podiatrist

While mild corns and calluses might respond to home care like soaking, filing, and moisturizing, it’s crucial to seek professional help if you experience severe pain or discomfort, such as:

  • Corns or calluses show signs of infection, like redness, swelling, or pus.
  • You have diabetes or another condition that affects circulation.
  • Self-care attempts worsen the condition.

Remember, Your Feet Deserve the Best! Here are some additional tips for practicing at-home foot care and maintaining clean skin:

  • Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap.
  • Moisturize your feet regularly, especially after showering or bathing.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and provide adequate support.
  • Avoid going barefoot in public places.
  • Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails.

If podiatric skin conditions have you worried, contact us! Expert DPMs Dr. Ryan L. D’AmicoDr. Donal M. EricksonDr. Keith ShermanDr. Anne-Louise SmithDr. Justin Muser, and Dr. Nicholas Cronin are ready to answer your questions and treat your feet.

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