How to Treat Corns and Calluses

Give your feet the proper care when handling these common problems.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jade T. Gittens, DPM.

Our feet take a lot of abuse from us, from pounding the pavement and running marathons to even just running errands. We shove our feet in shoes that are too tight, too big, or are worn out and unsupportive. You may find that at some point all this abuse has caught up with you and you’re suffering from uncomfortable corns and calluses. If you are experiencing one of these common foot conditions your Somerset, NJ podiatrist shares the best way to treat them. 

Remove friction

Many corns and calluses will go away once they are no longer dealing with friction or pressure. This means wearing the proper shoes that give your feet room to move around and don’t put pressure on your problem areas. If you still notice problems, place a moleskin pad over the corn or callus to keep it from rubbing against your shoes.


Grab a moisturizer to help soften and heal cracked calluses. Talk to your Somerset, NJ podiatrist to find out whether wearing a sock immediately after moisturizing would be beneficial for your foot problems.

Get rid of dead skin

After taking your bath, use a pumice stone and gently remove dead skin from the corn or callus. Then use a moisturizer after exfoliation for a more effective result.


If you notice pus coming from your corn or callus, then you are probably dealing with an infection. When this occurs it’s time to see your Somerset, NJ podiatrist for proper treatment. During your visit we will prescribe an oral antibiotic to target and eliminate the infection. Don’t try to treat an infection on your own!

Stay away from OTC remedies

We often discourage our patients from using salicylic acid treatments to treat corns and calluses. If used incorrectly, these products can cause chemical burns, which can cause further problems like infections and ulcers (this is particularly an issue for those with diabetes). Some creams that contain urea may be effective but talk to your Somerset, NJ podiatrist before using any new products on corns or calluses.

For those with diabetes-related foot problems or those dealing with persistent symptoms don’t hesitate to call your Somerset, NJ podiatrist. After all, these problems can cause some serious complications. If you have diabetes and notice any changes to your foot, then call our office today so your podiatrist in Somerset, NJ can examine and properly care for your feet.

Dr. Jade Gittens

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