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Choosing the Right Footwear for Corns and Calluses

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Every year, Irons Fruit Farm in Lebanon, OH (about 10 miles east of our Hamilton office) cuts a maze through a 12-acre corn field and opens it to the public in September and October. The designs are always creative—animals, automobiles, the state of Ohio—and fun for all ages.

Navigating the corn maze might be tricky if you’ve got corns of your own—bumps of hardened skin on your toes—slowing you down, especially if your footwear is insufficient. Unsightly corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure on skin; if you want to prevent them, you need shoes that minimize these factors.

First, make sure your shoe fits properly. Shoes that are too tight constrict your toes and put extra pressure on your soles. Shoes that are too loose slide around, creating friction between skin and fabric. Always measure your feet before shopping and pick a pair that conforms as closely as possible to your foot shape. It’s best if you go in the late afternoon or evening—feet swell during the day and are usually largest at this time.

You want a roomy toe box with space for toes to wiggle a bit. You should also check the inside of the shoes for any raised seams or stitch work—you may not notice it at first, but these details can rub uncomfortably against your skin and cause a corn to form. Proper cushioning in the insole provides the shock absorption necessary for your soles to stave off callus formation.

If you have any foot deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes, it increases your risk of developing corns and calluses and may make it more difficult to find a good pair of shoes that offers the space and cushioning you need. At Family Foot and Ankle Center, we can examine your foot for any underlying issues, make footwear recommendations, or fit you with a custom orthotic to correct your biomechanics.

Give us a call and set up an appointment today. Ohio residents can call (513) 728-4800; for Kentucky dial (859) 282-1572.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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