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Can you describe an effective medication for corns and calluses?

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In brief: Hand lotion

Most over-the-counter corn removal products contain salicylic acid and can cause painful tissue burns if used improperly.
You are better off using a pumice stone and moisturizing the area. If lesions are painful, see a podiatrist who can safely trim them and assess the cause. Sometimes, corns are due to toe deformities that can be corrected. Also, ensure your shoes don't fit improperly.

In brief: Hand lotion

Most over-the-counter corn removal products contain salicylic acid and can cause painful tissue burns if used improperly.
You are better off using a pumice stone and moisturizing the area. If lesions are painful, see a podiatrist who can safely trim them and assess the cause. Sometimes, corns are due to toe deformities that can be corrected. Also, ensure your shoes don't fit improperly.
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Moisturizing cream

You can use cream, lotion, or ointment.
Ammonium lactate 12%, creams that contain urea. I do not recommend corn or callus removers. These products can damage surrounding skin and are especially dangerous to people with diabetes with poor circulation and lack of sensation in the feet. Since corns and calluses usually come from shoe gear causing pressure or shearing force, good fitting shoe wear.

In brief: Moisturizing cream

You can use cream, lotion, or ointment.
Ammonium lactate 12%, creams that contain urea. I do not recommend corn or callus removers. These products can damage surrounding skin and are especially dangerous to people with diabetes with poor circulation and lack of sensation in the feet. Since corns and calluses usually come from shoe gear causing pressure or shearing force, good fitting shoe wear.
Dr. Jay Mermelstein
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
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In brief: Lotion or surgery.

Corns and calluses occur because of pressure points.
Surgery can fix this, but if you're not ready for that, trimming them down and regular use of lotion may soften them to the point they don't bother you. You can also try larger shoes that don't rub against the painful areas! offloading orthotics can also help: see your podiatrist for casting.

In brief: Lotion or surgery.

Corns and calluses occur because of pressure points.
Surgery can fix this, but if you're not ready for that, trimming them down and regular use of lotion may soften them to the point they don't bother you. You can also try larger shoes that don't rub against the painful areas! offloading orthotics can also help: see your podiatrist for casting.
Dr. Libby Putnam
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In brief: Use caution

There are many preperations to use at the pharmacy.
Use all of them with caution.

In brief: Use caution

There are many preperations to use at the pharmacy.
Use all of them with caution.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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