Corns and calluses are caused by pressure or friction on skin, which leads to the formation of thickened skin on the top or side of a toe. Complications from corns and calluses are rarely serious; however, if you are a diabetic they can lead to more serious issues.
Diabetics often have impaired sensitivity and may not be aware of the friction or presence of a corn or callous. Since they are unaware, the corn or callous can progress into ulcers or secondary infections without the person knowing.
In addition, diabetics don’t, usually, heal as quickly as non-diabetics and their infections can become life-threatening.
Indications that you may have a corn or callous:
- Skin is thick and hardened.
- Skin may be flaky and dry.
- Hardened, thick skin areas are found feet or other areas that may be rubbed or pressed.
- The affected areas can be painful and may bleed.
According to the National Institutes of Health, preventing friction by wearing proper fitting shoes and avoiding walking barefoot are often the only preventative measures you can take.
Regular examination of you feet can help you to identify any problems and, if you receive a foot injury, you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you have diabetes and are experiencing corns/calluses that are painful, red, warm, or there is drainage in the area, you should call your healthcare provider immediately to determine the cause.
To make an appointment with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Centers Ambulatory Care Center, please call 718-206-7005 to schedule an appointment.
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