Removing calluses may improve the appearance of bunions
Bunions are often accompanied by thick pads of hard skin as a result of excessive rubbing, but removing corns and calluses is relatively simple.
It's summertime, and for individuals with bunions, the bony deformity can get in the way of wearing strappy sandals or even going barefoot due to embarrassment. This is especially true when bunions are accompanied by corns or calluses.
Corns and calluses are buildups of dead skin that occur as a result of friction, often appearing near a bony prominence, such as a bunion.
The Cleveland Clinic recommends soaking feet in warm, soapy water before gently exfoliating the dead skin away with a pumice stone. Additionally, the medical resource recommends using pads or cushions after callus or corn removal in order to prevent recurrence.
MedicineNet.com reports that over-the-counter treatments containing salicyclic acid may help to dissolve the hardened tissue, making it easier to remove. However, these remedies are not appropriate for individuals with circulation problems, so it may be a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider before use.
Both sources warn against attempting to shave or cut calluses or corns off. This is a procedure that can be performed by a podiatrist or physician.