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There are a lot of beautiful people out there with ugly feet. After all, if there are any good excuses to wear killer heels, walking a red carpet or runway is surely bound to be right there at the top of the list. Sarah Jessica Parker, Meg Ryan and Emma Stone are just a few of the celebrities who admit to orthopedically suffering for their art, which can mean a lot of opportunities for paparazzi at podiatrist offices.
Calluses are often the painful and unfortunate consequences of a good pair of shoes gone bad. But, if the thought of abandoning the Loubatins is too horrific to consider and you don’t want to keep the foot doctor on speed dial, then its probably time to learn how to deal with callouses.
What Causes Calluses and Corns
The American Academy of Dermatology defines calluses as thickened areas of skin resulting from friction or pressure. They develop naturally to protect the skin beneath them. Board certified dermatologist Nada Elbuluk, MD, FAAD says, ” Calluses can develop anywhere on the body where there is repeated friction, such as a guitar player’s fingers or a mechanic’s palms. Corns typically develop on the tops and sides of the toes and on the balls of the feet, and common causes are arthritis and poorly-fitting shoes.”
Although they are frequently mistaken for plantar warts, plantar warts have tiny black dots on them which are actually small blood vessels. These warts tend to be most painful when the side of the wart is under pressure, whereas calluses and corns are most painful when direct pressure is applied.
Treating Corns and Calluses
Says Dr. Elbuluk, ” Most corns go away when the friction or pressure causing them stops. If you aren’t sure what is causing your corn or callus, if the hardened skin is very painful, if you have diabetes, or think you have warts, see a board-certified dermatologist or a podiatrist or orthopedist.”
If you have calluses, we’d love to hear all about your run in-s with celebrities in your podiatrist’s waiting room. Send comments and advice!