We Can Help Your Feet Get a Fresh Start
While they may just seem like a minor irritation at first, bunions and calluses can quickly evolve into painful foot conditions. At New York Foot Center, we can help you remove bunions and calluses and provide you with instructions for preventive care. Using evidence-based, conservative treatments, our skilled New York City podiatrist can get you back to walking pain-free in no time.
Make an appointment for your callus or bunion today by calling (917) 444-9639.
Calluses and Corns
A callus is a collection of dead skin cells trapped in the foot caused by pressure and friction against the skin. Corns are, essentially, the same thing, except they are smaller than calluses. In actuality, callus development is a natural bodily process designed to protect you. The skin creates the callus in response to friction in order to prevent the formation of a blister. Unfortunately, calluses can be very irritating and painful, and if they are forming it likely means that your feet undergoing more strain than they need to be.
At New York Foot Center, we can perform a thorough assessment to determine what’s causing your calluses or corns. While some calluses can be remedied by changing to a more comfortable show, others are caused by conditions such as hammertoe or bunions, which will require additional treatment. Calluses are susceptible to infections, so it is important to diagnose the cause and have it treated quickly.
Does your big toe lean towards the smaller toes? This is a very common and typically benign condition, but over time the pressure of the toe pushing against the metatarsal bone can result in a bunion. Bunions are bony lumps that form at the base of the big toe. They are often painful and can make it difficult to move your toes or walk.
How to identify a bunion:
- Does your big toe lean towards the smaller toes?
- Is there an unusual lump at the base of the big toe that hurts to touch?
- Is the area around the lump red or swollen?
- Do you have a difficult time moving your big toe?
- Have corns or calluses developed around the lump?
To treat your bunion, our podiatrist will first have to figure out what caused it. In many cases, bunions can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Heating pads and foot baths can also be helpful. It is recommended that you see a professional because if a bunion formed once, it is likely it will form again if you can’t identify and prevent the cause. In severe cases, bunions may require surgery.