Clean feet — East Village Foot & Ankle Surgeons You use your feet and ankles for many of the bodily movements that you make throughout each day. With such heavy usage, you may find that you develop foot or ankle problems or conditions. The most common of these problems are calluses, corns, warts and ingrown toenails. Here are some things to consider if you have any of these conditions.

Corns
A corn is a thickened growth on the top or sides of your foot or between your toes. Corns are formed as a protection in response to repeated rubbing, pressure and irritation from your shoes. Because corns are formed of living tissue, they sometimes become painful and bothersome.
Corn Treatments — You can try to remove a bothersome corn by applying an over-the-counter medication that will soften and reduce your corns over time. These medications are available in liquid form or medicated adhesive cushions. For long-lasting relief from painful corns and to keep them from becoming a recurring problem, see a foot and ankle specialist who can treat your corns so that they do not return.

Calluses
A callus is a thick buildup of dead skin cells on the bottom of your feet. It is formed by the friction that occurs on your foot as you walk or move around. Calluses grow in response to the particular way that you hold your foot and place it on the ground while wearing shoes. Your body develops a callus to protect your foot muscles and bones by building up a cushion on the bottom of your foot.
Callus Treatments — To reduce or remove a callus on your foot, you can use a pumice stone to remove the layers of the dead skin. You can also use an over-the-counter acidic liquid that will soften the callus and cause it to peel away over time. For persistent calluses, you should see a foot and ankle specialist who has professional tools, liquids and methods that will reduce and remove calluses faster and easier.

Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are thickened growths on the sole of your foot caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). You can acquire the HPV virus in a gym dressing room, public spa or any place where other people with plantar warts walk around barefoot.
Plantar Wart Treatments — Over-the-counter plantar wart treatment involves applying a caustic acid to your wart to eliminate the HPV virus. This treatment is slow and may take many weeks or months to lessen or diminish your plantar warts. A foot and ankle specialist can treat your plantar warts with proprietary medications that eliminate them in a shorter amount of time.

Ingrown Toenails
You can get a painful ingrown toenail when your nail grows into the side of your toe. Ingrown toenails are easy to detect because they are red, swollen and painful. They can develop from a toe injury or from ill-fitting shoes.
Ingrown Toenail Treatments — To treat an ingrown toenail, you can soak your feet in warm water to soften your toes and toenails. After thoroughly drying your feet, snip or file the ingrown nail away from the sides of your toe. After trimming the ingrown toenail, it will most likely continue to grow into the side of your toe.

For long-lasting treatment of ingrown toenails, see a foot and ankle specialist who can professionally trim your nails so they will not continue to grow into your toes.

For the fastest and most effective treatment for any of the above foot conditions, contact Dr. Justin Raatz and his team of professionals at East Village Foot & Ankle Surgeons. He and his staff can examine your feet, reduce and eliminate your foot and ankle problems and make sure that your problems are not indicative of more serious conditions and diseases.