At this point, it would be virtually impossible to capture all of the ways the internet has changed life as we previously knew it. One of the numerous areas wherein the internet has had a simply profound effect is on how we tackle do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.
Once upon a time, you had to rely on books or knowledge passed along from others to know how to do things like build a bookcase or replace an alternator. Nowadays, you only need to google the subject or search for it on YouTube and you will find the instructions you need.
In some cases, callus (or corn) treatment can be done on a DIY basis – but you definitely need to know what is entailed with the process if you want to stay safe while doing so.
If you are considering trying to resolve your callus problem before contacting our practice for professional care, use the following as guidelines for the process:
- If you have diabetes, do NOT attempt to treat the condition yourself. The risk of something going wrong that could become a major problem is just too great. Remember, minor issues might not be a big deal for otherwise healthy individuals, but diabetes compromises your immune system. Instead of attempting to tackle this one on your own, have us do it for you.
- Do not perform “bathroom” surgery. Attempting to cut out a callus or corn off with a knife or razor is not an approach you want to take. It is too easy to slip and cause greater damage. Also, we have sterile environments and tools for when cutting is necessary. In all likelihood, you don’t. So instead of cutting, you should use a file or pumice stone to safely debride the thickened patch of skin.
- Soak your feet first. Soaking your feet before using your pumice stone or file will soften the skin and allow you to be more effective.
- Do not try to do it all at once. Removing a callus doesn’t happen in a single session. You need to use gentle pressure and plan on repeating this practice over the course of several sessions instead of using excessive force to try and scrub all the skin away at one time.
- 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.
These are all great guidelines, but the best tip for easy and safe callus or corn treatment is to contact our team at Associates in Podiatry and have us do it for you!
Call our Princeton office at (609) 924-8333, our Roselle Park office at (908) 687-5757, or connect with us online right now. We will make sure you receive the proper care and attention you deserve!