Corns & Calluses Specialist

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Pawtucket, RI

Corns and calluses can lead to unsightly rough patches of skin on your feet, and if left untreated, they can become painful and uncomfortable. Before your corns and calluses worsen, visit with board-certified podiatrist Joseph K. Domenico, DPM, of Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle to get treatment right in his office. Dr. Domenico and his caring podiatry team in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, offer flexible scheduling for corn and callus removal treatments. Book your visit online, or call the clinic directly for available appointment times.

Corns & Calluses Q & A

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

What causes corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses form because of friction, typically when your socks or shoes are rubbing against certain areas of your feet repeatedly. In most cases, corns develop on non-weight-bearing areas, like across the tops of your toes. Calluses form more frequently on weight-bearing areas, such as the heels or balls of your feet.

You’re more likely to develop corns and calluses because of:

  • Bunions, hammertoes, or mallet toes
  • Diabetes or older age
  • Decreased circulation

Even though corns and calluses aren’t generally a medical concern, they can become uncomfortable and lead to agonizing pain.

What are the symptoms of corns and calluses?

You can visibly see corns and calluses as thickened patches of skin. Corns are smaller and are often mistaken for plantar warts. Calluses are larger areas of severely dry, rough skin. Corns and calluses can lead to:

  • Pain with pressure or weight-bearing activities
  • Thickened, dull skin
  • Discomfort in surrounding areas, like your arches

Even if your corns or calluses don’t seem to be too bothersome, it’s important to seek treatment at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle. Without proper treatment, corns and calluses are only going to get worse and become more uncomfortable.

How are corns and calluses treated?

Dr. Domenico treats both corns and calluses right in his office at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle. He can remove the affected skin through a minimally invasive debridement procedure, which involves gently shaving away the corn or callus with a medical scalpel.

In some cases, Dr. Domenico also suggests custom orthotics or shoe inserts to offload weight from the area for quicker recovery. Treating corns and calluses can even include padding the area to minimize friction.

If you continue to experience painful corns and calluses, Dr. Domenico may suggest treating the underlying cause surgically. For instance, if your corns and calluses are caused by a bunion or hammertoe, it might be time to consider surgically correcting the deformity. Because Dr. Domenico is board certified in foot and ankle surgery, you can feel confident that your procedure is going to be entirely effective.

Enjoy more attractive, pain-free feet by treating your corns and calluses at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle. Click on the online scheduler to book, or call the office for availability.