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Dr. Harvey R. Danciger

Q
Can I Cut my Corns and Calluses with Nail Clippers?

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Trying to trim or cut off a corn or callus puts you at great risk for infection.

The correct way is to gently rub off the thickened layers of skin with a pumice stone after your foot has soaked in warm water. Over-the-counter pads with salicylic acid can help with the removal of corns. Corns and calluses can be caused by foot deformities as well. You may need to have the deformity taken care first to avoid future corns and calluses.

Dr. Danciger cannot stress enough to his patients the importance of properly treating anything on your feet. Even if you have a corn or callus that is very small, you should never attempt to cut it off or remove it with nail clippers or anything of the sort. They are patches of thickened skin that develop from friction. Corns are often found on your toes and calluses on the bottom of your feet, often around your heels.

Cutting off corns and calluses with a nail clippers is a type of “bathroom surgery” that is especially dangerous for anyone with diabetes or a problem with poor circulation. A small cut can become infected and turn into a very serious complication. Allow Dr. Danciger to handle your corns and calluses to keep your feet safe. Schedule an appointment with him today.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle