On April 22, Collingwood is trying something new: the 1st Inaugural Collingwood Community Clean-up Day! Families, clubs, workmates, and church members will gather on Earth Day to tidy up neighborhood parks, school grounds, and other public places. Gather your group, pick a place that needs some clean-up, and come on out! While you are in clean-up mode, it may be a good time to treat callouses and corns on your feet, too, to get them ready for the summer season.
Corns and callouses form because of built-up pressure on the skin of your feet. On your soles, the skin thickens and hardens to protect underlying tissue from the pressure of walking. Dry, callused skin can crack, making the exposed tissue more vulnerable to infection. Hard, round corns develop on your toes or the tops of your feet from the friction and pressure of your footwear. The thicker the buildup, the more problems result. Corns can press even harder on the tender spots they are trying to protect, causing quite severe pain.
Treat callouses and corns by examining and replacing shoes that cause friction. You can also try donut pads or separators to cushion your feet from irritation. Soaking your soles in a warm bath and using a pumice stone to slough off the dead skin can help keep these dry patches under control, too. Leave any harsher methods, like using salicylic acid or cutting the tissue, to a medical professional like Chiropodist Tony Abbott, especially if you have diabetes or another autoimmune condition. After all, you want to solve your corn and callous problem, not make it worse!
For help with your cracked and calloused feet, contact Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON by calling (705) 444-9929 or request an appointment online.
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