It would be difficult to capture all the ways the Internet has changed life as we know it, including the effect it has had when it comes to do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Once upon a time, you would have to rely on books or knowledge passed along to know how to, say, build a bookcase or replace an alternator. Nowadays, you simply need to google the subject or search for it on YouTube. Sometimes, corn and callus treatment can be performed on your own as well, but is definitely best to know what it entails.
When we discuss home treatment for corns and calluses, you should keep the following tips in mind:
If you have diabetes, do not attempt to perform this yourself. The risk is too high for something to go wrong that might not be a big deal for an otherwise healthy individual, but could turn into a major issue for you. Instead, have us do it for you.
- Do not perform “home surgery.” Attempting to cut out a corn or callus with a knife or razor is not the approach you want to take. You should use a pumice stone or file to debride the thickened skin gently.
- Do not try to do it all at once. Removing a corn or callus does not happen in one sitting. Using excessive force to really scrub the skin away is not the right technique. You will want to use gentle pressure and plan on repeating this over several sessions.
- Soak your feet first. Soaking your feet before using your pumice stone or file will help to soften the skin and enable you to be more effective.
- Do not use medicated pads. In addition to removal, protecting the area is another home treatment you may wish to use. If so, avoid medicated corn or callus pads and stick to non-medicated ones.
The best tip for corn and callus treatment, though, is to simply contact us here at Ankle and Foot Specialist of New Jersey. We provide comprehensive foot care services to address any lower limb issues your or your loved ones might experience, but we can also provide additional information to keep you safe if you are attempting DIY corn or callus removal. Give us a call at (908) 222-8980 or request an appointment with our South Plainfield office (right on the border with Edison) online today.