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Corns and Callous

 

Corn is the result of constant rubbing or pressure on an area it’s hard and horny skin calluses is a larger version.

What to look for

Corn... an area of hard, thick skin, which may look a yellow colour. The Corns between your toes can be soft

Callus... Is an area of hard, dead skin up to an inch wide on the palms of the hands soles of the feet or any area exposed to friction.

Corns and calluses are formed to protect the skin against friction or pressure. corns are normally found on the ball of your foot and on the toes, calluses can develop anywhere there is friction like on the feet or hands

Causes

 

Most calluses are caused by ill-fitting shoes. If your child develops a callus and there is no clear sores , it may be Genetic a persons feet spend most of their time in a closed, moist environment ideal for breeding bacteria; staph infections can start when bacteria enters the corns through cracks in the skin and causes the infected corn to give off fluid or pus. Normally Calluses are easy to fix.

Prevention

Buy shoes that is comfortable, and if you are wearing high heels for fashion take your shoes of and let them get fresh air.

When to seek further professional advice

If you are cutting a corn or callus a corn discharges pus or clear fluid; it is infected or ulcerated. If you develop a corn and you are suffer from diabetes, Atherosclerosis, or other Circulatory Problems.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Herbal Therapies : Apply a calendula salve two or three times a day to corns or calluses to soften tissue and to help prevent inflammation.

Personal Care : you should remove the cause of the friction first and then try these remedies: Soak yourself in a bath to soothe and soften the skin, then use a pumice stone to rub over the corn.. Aloe cream is also good for soothing and healing the skin.

When ever possible raise your feet to give them fresh air. When you go to sleep, place a crushed comfrey leaf over the corn and put on an old sock. Repeat this for 3 nights.

Traditional Treatment

If there is no more friction or pressure the callus or corn will normally disappear as well. You must always wear shoes that fits you well, and leather is the best because it moulds with your foot better then synthetic materials

try using over the counter ointments and topically applied corn plasters, be careful of the healthy issue surrounding the corn. There are also oral antibiotics you can use if your corn is infected.

You can remove the hard skin of a corn or callus with a scalpel, cut until you can see the soft tissue do not cut to deep, this can make it bleed or infected.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-19