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Corns & Calluses Specialist

Southern Tier Podiatry

Marilyn Boyuka, DPM

Podiatrist located in Vestal, NY

If your stylish shoes have left your feet marred by unattractive and painful corns and calluses, you can get them removed and have your feet restored by expert podiatrist Dr. Marilyn Boyuka in the spa-like environment of Southern Tier Podiatry in Vestal, New York. If you live in the Vestal area and want unsightly corns and calluses removed, book a consultation online with Dr. Boyuka or call her friendly staff for an appointment.

Corns & Calluses Q & A

What are corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses are thick skin lesions made of dead skin that develop when the skin on your foot tries to protect itself from friction and pressure. Sometimes corns and calluses are asymptomatic, but they can become painful.

Corns are round and have a central core that’s either soft or hard. They get their name from their rounded shape and yellowish color. Corns tend to be more painful than calluses, especially when you walk or press them.

Calluses are roughened patches of skin that vary in size and shape. Because the outer layer of a callus is made up of dead skin cells, you might have little to no sensation when you touch the callus.

Why did I develop corns and calluses?

High heels, narrow toe boxes, and shoes that otherwise don’t fit all can squeeze your toes together. Compression creates the friction and pressure that stimulate your skin to protect itself by toughening up.

Going barefoot or not wearing socks can also cause corns and calluses. Socks give your feet a layer of protection and decrease the amount of friction your skin withstands when your foot moves in your shoe.  

You’re also more likely to develop corns or calluses if you have a foot deformity that interferes with proper gait or compresses your toes. Some diseases that impede the circulation of blood to your feet increase your risk, too. Conditions associated with corns and calluses include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Arthritis
  • Misaligned foot
  • Bone spur

Can I remove calluses and corns on my own?

Cutting off your calluses and corns could severely damage and infect your foot. If your corns and calluses are troubling you, contact Dr. Boyuka.

When you have minor corns or calluses, you can try using over-the-counter corn and callus pads or shoe inserts to alleviate pressure on your foot. If they don’t help, contact Dr. Boyuka for corn and callus removal.

How does a podiatrist treat corns and calluses?

Dr. Boyuka individualizes treatments to meet your needs. She may soak your feet in a tub of warm water and salicylic acid and then gently pare away your rough spots with special tools.

To beautify your feet and eliminate pain, contact Dr. Boyuka for corn and callus treatment. You can use the online booking form or call her team for a consultation.