CALLUS AND CORNS

Callus and corns are a common reason why people visit a podiatrist. They can be quite painful and can occur on various spots on the foot. They occur on areas of the feet where there is too much pressure, so the skin lays down more and more layers to protect itself. However, this doesn’t mean that it should stick around!

WHAT IS CALLUS?

Callus usually presents as a yellowish growth of skin on areas of the foot where there is increased pressure and loading on the one spot. Common places for callus to form includes the heels, the big toes and along the ball of the foot. Those who follow the Australian Open may remember in 2018, Hyeon Chung was forced to retire hurt in the semi-final against Roger Federer due to ‘blisters’. However, the blisters had formed over the top of callus on the big toe which had caused a breakdown of the skin and a wound underneath. Whilst this is an extreme presentation, it highlights the need for appropriate callus management to avoid blistering and breakdown of the skin. Callus can also form on the heels and lead to cracking and bleeding of the skin which can be very painful.

 

WHAT ARE CORNS?

Corns also occur due to increased pressure, however they present as a conical structure of callus that can be quite deep and painful. They can happen anywhere on the feet however are most common on the toes or the ball of the foot, often due to the structure of the feet or footwear that is too tight or constricting. 

There are many different types of corns that can occur on various parts of the foot, including hard and soft corns, seed corns and vascular or neurovascular corns. 

HOW CAN CORNS AND CALLUS BE TREATED?

Podiatrists are able to effectively treat and prevent callus and corn formation via a variety of methods.

We use a scalpel to debride/remove the corns and callus and often use different offloading devices such as felt padding, orthotics, silicone devices, toe props and other handy devices to redistribute pressure away from the area.

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If you suffer from painful callus or corns, call us on 9432 2689 or book online and we’d be happy to help!

WHAT IS A PODIATRIST?

Have you ever wondered what exactly a podiatrist does? Keep reading for the answer!

Contrary to popular belief, podiatrists don’t just cut toenails!

Podiatrists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of lower limb and foot conditions. Some of the common problems we can help with include:

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WHAT SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR IN MY KIDS FEET?

Think about this: our feet help us get from A to B from the day we started walking to when we are elderly.

So, it makes sense to make sure that we look after them from a very early age, doesn’t it?

Children’s feet are the foundation for us to be able to keep walking and moving and it is incredibly important to support the feet at a young age to allow them to continue to support us throughout our lives!

Parents have so many things to keep an eye on with their kids, but often the feet are overlooked until there is a problem.

We’ve come up with a few things that you can look for to keep your little one’s feet in tip top shape!
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WHY AM I SEEING A PODIATRIST IF I HAVE DIABETES?

It’s a statement we hear all too often as podiatrists when a patient presents with a history of diabetes:

“My GP told me that I have diabetes and that I need to start seeing a podiatrist, but I don’t understand why”.

It is estimated that approximately 5% of the Australian population has been diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and unfortunately that number seems to be rising.

Diabetes is associated with other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and has a number of risk factors including genetics, diet, a sedentary lifestyle and many more.

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST VISIT TO A PODIATRIST?

So what can you expect from your first visit to a podiatrist at Watsonia Podiatry?

When you arrive for your first visit with our Podiatrists at our clinic you will be greeted by our amazing and friendly admin team and will be asked to fill out a new client registration.

This will give your podiatrist all the information they need to know before we see you. Most importantly it will grants us your consent for us to treat you.

This will include your basics contact details, medical history, ‘what you would like us to help you with today?’ and a consent form.
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Believe it or knot, there are different ways to tie your shoelaces!

By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin                                             

You know it’s going to be a great blog when it starts with a pun! But onto a serious note, many people don’t know that there are other ways to tie shoelaces, rather than just the standard method we are all taught as kids. Shoelaces are responsible for fixation which keeps our feet nice and snug in our shoes and are an integral feature of a good shoe. There are many reasons as to why people may need to lace their shoes different. These include wide feet, narrow feet, common deformities such as bunions and hammer toes, and different sized feet.

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Is your idea of a perfect shoe actually perfect for you?

By Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin

With the abundance of footwear brands and styles available on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to pick a shoe that is going to be comfortable enough to last the distance! Often, we compromise on comfort in order to have the most stylish shoe available, however this can sometimes lead to issues such as blisters or corns (which are extremely annoying and often very painful!).
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