Corns and calluses are hard, thickened, compacted areas of skin. They develop due to friction and pressure, in areas of the foot that are under repetitive load. Painful corns and calluses often appear on the soles of the feet, over bony prominences and on the toes.Corns are commonly mistaken for verrucas and vice versa. Verrucas have little black dots, which are capillaries, but these are not always visible under the overlying callus.
Corns and callus are easily treated using specialist chiropody instruments to remove the hardened tissue. This is a painless procedure that brings about immediate symptomatic relief. It is, however, often only a short term solution. Corns and calluses are likely to return unless the cause of the problem is dealt with. There are various solutions that are used to off- load areas of the foot that are under pressure, load and repetitive friction. These methods include the use of specialist insoles, metatarsal padding, toe dividers, gel toe caps and the fitting of moulded silicon devices (Otoform) to protect around the contours of the toes.
Osteopathic treatment can also help to relieve pressure under the foot. This is because osteopathy is effective at ‘balancing’ the body’s structure towards the centre of gravity. Manipulation of the musculoskeletal system changes the vector of forces that pass through the spinal curves, the hips and pelvis and to the knees and ankles; this, in turn, redistributes pressure between the arches of the feet, which is the foundation of the body. This can help to prevent the development of persistent corns and callus.
45 min (initial consultation and treatment session) – £40
30 min (follow-up treatments) – £35