Treatment For Corns, Calluses & Warts In Des Moines And Mason City, IA

At East Village Foot & Ankle Surgeons (EVFAS), we understand how intrusive corns, plantar warts and calluses can be in your life. Every year, we help many Iowans like you treat corns on their feet, remove plantar warts and more to get back to pain-free living.

Corn Causes & Treatment Options

What Causes A Corn On Your Foot?

While there are many potential foot corn causes, most corns result from pressure when the skin is squeezed between the bones and shoes. The corn will form in response as a protection of thick skin for the bone that is experiencing the repeated rubbing, pressure or irritation. Typically on the bottom or side of the foot, corns can appear over almost any bone, but most commonly over misshapen hammertoes.

How To Treat Corn On Foot

Unlike calluses, corns can become very painful and disruptive to your everyday life and level of activity. Lucky for you, there are a few simple treatment options you can try on your own for mild conditions such as purchasing a toe pad from a drugstore or wearing an accommodative shoe. The foot doctors at EVFAS will help you understand the best treatment option and if these are worth a try to provide some comfort.

Unfortunately, in some cases, surgery is necessary to relieve the underlying pressure. After trying noninvasive treatment options, our physicians will evaluate if surgery is necessary and recommended. Nearly all cases can be handled in a clinic setting.

Podiatrist For Corn Removal

For larger, more persistent foot corns, our podiatrists use a surgical blade to scrape away the dead skin and reduce the size of the corn. If the corn recurs, we also perform deep corn removal surgery to remove the entire corn. Nearly all cases can be handled in a clinic setting.

Have a bothersome corn? Contact our podiatry team today to begin treatment and get relief.

Callus Causes & Treatment Options

How Do Foot Calluses Form?

Calluses are closely related to corns and have similar causes. They can become large and even painful when direct pressure is applied.

How To Treat Plantar Calluses

Plantar callus treatment options range from over-the-counter medication to surgery. Like corns, using a pumice stone or surgical blade to remove the layers of dead skin will reduce the size of the callus until it’s removed entirely. Over-the-counter acidic liquid is another option that will soften the callus, eventually causing it to peel away.

Podiatrist For Callus Removal

For persistent calluses that are getting in the way of your active lifestyle, reach out to a podiatrist at EVFAS about the best treatment option for you. Our podiatrists can quickly and easily remove the callus using proper tools and methods in the clinic setting.

Plantar Wart Causes & Treatment Options

How Do You Get Plantar Warts?

Warts are the skin’s reaction to chronic viral infection. These raised and painful sores typically form on the sole of the foot and are most commonly a result of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is contagious and spread through close contact.

Best Plantar Wart Treatment

Warts will sometimes respond to pads and over-the-counter ointment that eliminate the HPV virus, but often need medical attention. Our foot and ankle specialists will evaluate your unique situation to determine the best plantar wart treatment. We will treat your wart with the proper tools and medications so that the wart doesn’t reappear or spread to other areas.

Podiatrist For Wart Removal

Once one of our foot doctors examines your plantar wart, removal surgery or cryotherapy may be required if you’re experiencing significant pain or if the wart is spreading. Both methods are effective and require very little recovery time, getting you back on your feet quickly.

Not all sores are warts, so it is important to see a trained podiatrist to diagnose you. Reaction to injury, hidden slivers, and old puncture wounds can also result in painful sores. Dark brown or black warts can indicate a type of skin cancer and should be immediately examined.

Contact the Foot Experts at EVFAS

Not sure where to start? Our foot doctors have the expertise to give you answers and pain relief. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in either Des Moines or Mason City, Iowa to start a treatment plan.