Friday, 30 November 2012


Maple Callus Borer
Maple Callus Borer (Photo credit: Stylurus)
Did you know that corns and calluses are your body’s form of protection?  Read on to find out why.

Typically, corns and calluses are hardened layers of skin built up over an area where there’s constant rubbing and wear.  It forms usually on your feet or hands.  Naturally, most people don’t want to have these ugly bumps of skin, and they are sometimes painful. 

Here is how to prevent a callus from forming or remove those you already have.

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to corns and calluses.  Try some of these options.
  • Too tight or loose fit.  Shoes that are too tight or loose can rub against or 'bite' your feet are the most common causes of calluses. Choose shoes that fit your feet well.
  • Protecting your feet and hands. For spots in your shoes that tend to have friction, wear pads or bandages to minimize contact rubbing.  Or when you’re doing heavy-duty, repetitive work, wear gloves to help keep your hands from developing calluses.
English: Painful corns at both feet of a 51-ye...
Painful corns at both feet of a 51-year-old woman with severe tranverse flat feet. Mycosis has affected some nails, and she also suffers from a very painful thick plantar wart at her right foot. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Already suffering?  Hammertoes, bunions, and other bone deformities that change the shape of your feet will continue to cause pain and friction on the same spots. Visiting a podiatrist could help you avoid further complications from calluses and corns. Wear open toe shoes or flats will ease the discomfort too.
Home Remedies for Corns and Calluses  Home treatments can solve most corns and calluses though it may take sometime. 

English: Exfoliation tools used by women in 20...
 Exfoliation tools. Shown top right: plastic bath sponge, below it a brush with a pumice stone on one side and a bristle brush on the other side, on the bottom left a mud mask package, on the top left a jar of perfumed body scrub (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are tips for smoother, softer feet and hands.
  • Soak and rub. Soak a callus in warm water. It can help soften it. The with a pumice stone or washcloth scrub away a few layers of dead skin.
  • Protective bandages. To reduce further friction and rubbing on the corns or calluses, apply a standard bandage or look for products specifically targetting calluses,  such as moleskins.
  • Moisturize.  Use a good moisturizer to help keep the thick corn or calluses soft so that it is easier to wear slough away with a pumice stone.
Professional Cures. For  severe calluses and corns that are painful or if you have other underlying medical issues, such as diabetes or circulatory issues, you should seek medical advice on effective treatments. 

Here are some of the available options:
A close-up of a Pumice Stone.
A close-up of a Pumice Stone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Surgical removal techniques.  The doctor will use a scalpel to cut away some of the hardened skin.
Medications. Salicylic acid is usually used to help rid the excess skin. You can buy over-the-counter formulations, but medical doctors can use a stronger version that can remove the callus more quickly.

My next topic for discussion is, " What Is The Correct Way To Use A Body Scrub?"



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