Two of the most common skin conditions of the feet are corns and blisters. These two conditions are treated very differently. A podiatrist will determine if the condition needs to be treated in the office or at home.
Corns are calluses that form on the toes because the bones push up against the shoe and put pressure on the skin. The surface layer of the skin thickens and builds up, irritating the tissues underneath. Hard corns are usually located on the top of the toe or on the side of the small toe. Soft corns resemble open sores and develop between the toes as they rub against each other.
Improperly fitting shoes are a leading cause of corns. Toe deformities, such as hammertoe or claw toe, also can lead to corns. In a visit to our office, your corns can be shaved with a customized scalpel to help reduce its size as well as relieve the pressure associated with it.
Heat, moisture and friction are generally the cause of blisters. Blisters can also form from fungal infections, allergic reactions, and burns.
Because of a condition called neuropathy, or nerve damage, diabetes often are unable to detect a burn because there is no pain.