Cushioning a Callus

Isn’t it amazing that as a kid you had no calluses on your feet and now you have painful corns and calluses? Once you have them removed why do they keep coming back? They’re getting more painful as you age making it difficult for you to walk run and be active. A callus is a build-up of layers of skin and an area where there is higher impact on the foot.

A corn is analogous to an actual kernel of corn that is pressed deep into the ear of the cob. A corn on the skin is a buildup of skin that dives into the layers of skin. This occurs in an area that there is extreme force and friction on the underlying bone. In between the bone and the shoe or the bone and the floor, the only thing there to take the brunt of the load is your skin. When there’s too much force on the skin the body tries to protect itself and add layers and layers of skin.

If you have attempted to shave the corn or had it taken care of during a pedicure (which I don’t recommend due to the risk of infection. See Medical Pedicure) it will return.

There are three main ways to decrease the corn or callus from forming. The first is balancing with a shoe innersole called an orthotic. The second is surgery to realign the bones and provide a different skeletal structure. Last, is where we provide an internal cushion between the skin and the bone so that the substance placed under the corn takes the brunt of the load, not the skin. This is called cushion restoration, Corn cushioning, or fat cushion and restoration.

A commonly known filler like Sculptra, Radiesse or Juvederm® Voluma is used in between the skin and the bone to act as an internal corn pad. This is a quick in office injection that requires annual touchups. There’s no downtime and there is a quick return to activity. Over time, you’ll see the corn or callus slowly disappearing. The doctors at the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach exclusively perform these procedures in South Florida.