Dr Oz: Corns & Calluses
Dr Oz had four Podiatrists examine everyone’s feet in his audience to find the women with the worst Corns and Calluses. Knowing whether you have a Corn or a Callus on your foot can help you figure out the best way to treat them and prevent them. Here is what Doctor Oz said about the treatment and prevention of both Corns and Calluses:
Dr Oz: Calluses vs Corns
First, Dr Oz said that you must understand that both Corns and Calluses are a thickened layer of protective skin that forms to protect your foot from pressure and friction. A callus is when you get this thickened skin on the bottom of your foot, whereas a Corn is something that you get on the top of your feet – especially on the top of your toes.
If you were to saw the skin in half and look inside, you would see a big difference between a Corn and a Callus. With a Callus, you would just see a buildup of Epidermis Tissue, which generally does not hurt and can be cut off. A Corn though looks like a deep triangle that goes into your skin and can touch your nerves, which is what causes a lot of pain.
Dr Oz: Callus Treatments
Dr Oz said that Epsom Salt Baths are a great way to treat Corns and Calluses, because they soften the skin. After you soak your feet in an Epsom Salt Bath, you can use something like a pumice stone to scrape off the Calluses. Also, you should try applying a Moisturizer with Lactic Acid or with Alpha Hydroxy Acid. If you put these creams on your feet, cover your feet with socks, and sleep like that all night, you will dramatically soften your skin. For me, the best way to prevent Calluses is actually to avoid wearing flip-flops, especially the cheap, non-padded, plastic flip-flops. Do you have any tips for preventing or treating Corns or Calluses? If so, please leave a comment below!
I have noticed that exercising the toes will get rid of calluses. You need to try to pick up a pencil with your toes and drop it-continue doing that and in a few days the calluses will come off by themselves.
Lisa Parmeter says
I have had a calluse on my big toe since 1998, I walk around 4 miles a day, I have tried soaking my foot and using the pumice stone and it still won’t go away and now I’m getting another one on the crease on the bone just before the arch. I do where my hiking boots and my heels alot. I just don’t know what to do with this problem anymore. Where do I buy the Lactic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy?
I try to buy the Lactic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy, but I could not find in the pharmacy . Please , can you tell me where can I find these creams?
Thank you so much .
sincerely Nana Thomas
AHA is a common ingredient in exfoliating face creams. If you’re using it on your feet, I’d look for cheaper brands.
audrey fassett says
my feet are really bad i have calluses and a thick circle in the middle of the callus can u help me to remove it w/out cutting it out by a doc.