In rare circumstances surgery may be recommended by your podiatrist in order to correct the alignment of the bone that is causing friction or pressure. Bone adjustment is a last resort, if other non-invasive treatments do not provide relief. While you should never attempt trimming at home, or without the expertise of a Scottsdale podiatrist , your doctor can pare down the thickened skin to help provide you with relief. At a typical office visit your foot doctor Scottsdale can trim or Call Valley Foot Surgeons today, the best podiatrist in Phoenix and Scottsdale, for help with your corns, calluses or foot and ankle issue. (480) 994-5977 Diabetics must be extra careful with corns and calluses. Because of poor circulation and decreased nerve functioning in the feet, diabetics have an increased risk of infection from corns and calluses. The same applies to anyone who is not diabetic but has poor circulation or decreased nerve sensitivity in the feet. Self-care of corns, calluses and other foot problems could put you at risk for infections and trauma. Seek out the care of a certified foot care nurse who is trained in diabetic foot care such as at McDermott Footcare. Anything that results in higher levels of pressure or friction on the skin can cause corns or calluses to develop. What the Nishide et al. study demonstrated is that a problematic ulcer is very hard to detect, even by the most experienced wound care specialists. Indiscriminate callus removal can cause many problems of its own. If the removal of the callus goes too deep or non-sterile techniques are used, infection can follow. These infections heal very poorly in diabetic patients and if not healed, can lead to lower extremity amputations. However, the benefits of callus removal seem to outweigh the risk in nearly every case. It is also very important not to traumatize the diabetic foot and under-operating should be the rule. The first step to treating a foot ulcer is to remove dead or infected skin from the wound. If the ulcer is full of pus or slough (a mass of dead tissue), it should be gently washed with a saline solution. Any attempt at debridement (a process by which dead or infected tissue is removed) should be left to a doctor in order to avoid excess bleeding or additional injury to the foot Cultures should be taken from the pus or slough as well as from deep tissue samples in order to determine the nature of the infection. X-rays of the foot may be necessary to check bone health. Otherwise, you're looking at surgical removal, where a podiatrist or other specialist removes the warty tissue and either "freezes" or applies some sort of chemical to kill the remaining wart cells. The Pedi-Quick Safety Corn & Callus Trimmer came packaged in a cardboard and plastic package, with an illustration and instructions. On the reverse side of the package, there is a warning in reference to the sharpness of the blade on the trimmer. There is also an illustration showing the proper way to change the sharp blade, which is useful. Unfortunately that may be the only useful thing about this product, the blade itself. A tough, thick layer of skin known as a callus may form on your foot when ill-fitting shoes continually rub or put pressure on the same spot. MayoClinic.com notes that if you have no other medical conditions, such as diabetes or circulation problems, you only need to remove calluses if you dislike their appearance or if they hurt when you walk. To remove one, use a basic technique to rub the hard skin away. Step 1 Avoid using cutting tools, such as scissors, razor blades or fingernail clippers to trim the calluses on your feet, as you may injure yourself or cause an infection by using an unsanitary tool. I spend a lot of my time looking at people?s feet (discreetly of course!) and I learn a great deal out of doing so. It fascinates me to look and I know this may sound like strange behavior to you and I know what you are probably thinking ?cuckoo? but trust me, you can actually tell a lot about a person by their feet! Corns and calluses can be treated with many types of medicated products to chemically pare down the thickened, dead skin. Step 2 Wet your pumice sponge and scrub all the callused areas on your lathered foot– don’t spend more than a minute or two scrubbing.