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How should a wet callus on the heel be treated?
How should a wet callus on the heel be treated?

The beauty of our feet can easily be spoiled by such an unpleasant phenomenon as a corn. However, the point is not only in beauty, but also in the fact that corns are quite painful. They appear from friction. They are more common on the feet (toes and heels), but there are situations in which they can occur in the arms and other parts of the body. The most common reason is shoes:

  • tight;
  • too free;
  • high-heeled shoes;
  • substandard tough.

When walking in such shoes, the legs experience serious discomfort. Due to the friction of the material against the skin, a certain protective reaction occurs - a callus. The most common occurrence is a heel wound. The shoe manufacturers don't care too much about our health and therefore use tough materials. The skin on the heels is quite delicate, so it is very quickly injured. In most cases, a wet callus occurs. There are also dry and core. They are more likely to occur on the sole.

Heel callus treatment

As already mentioned, more often we are faced with wet calluses. These are bubbles that are filled with liquid.

The first stage of the appearance of such an injury is redness of the skin and discomfort on it. As soon as it hurts, it is necessary to protect the place of discomfort with a plaster. Of course, there is not always such an opportunity, or they simply do not have time to do it. Quickly enough after the onset of pain, a blister appears, filled with a clear liquid. If you don't take off your shoes and stop rubbing, this bubble bursts and a large wound forms in its place.

When friction continues on such a wound, the skin can be seriously injured, up to bloody wounds. They leave ugly scars, take a very long time to heal and scar. This is especially unpleasant when it comes to the heel, because in summer shoes this part of the leg is exposed, and the scars look ugly. In order to prevent this, it is necessary either to get rid of friction, or also to seal it with a bactericidal plaster.

Calluses, although they are fairly simple injuries, can not be neglected. The main problem is that a burst callus is an open wound. If an infection enters this wound, it can cause severe inflammation. The skin turns red, hurts, and treatment of these problems requires a visit to a doctor and the use of more serious medications.

What to do if dropsy has already appeared?

Many people immediately begin to pierce it so that the water spills out. Some doctors categorically forbid doing this, some even approve of this method of treatment.

However, those who recommend piercing dropsy give a number of tips that must be strictly followed:

  1. The needle must be disinfected (alcohol, vodka or just fire will do, over which you need to hold the needle for a few seconds).
  2. The corn should be treated with an antiseptic so that no infection gets into the wound when punctured.
  3. You need to pierce from the side, in order to avoid injury to healthy skin.
  4. It is impossible to remove the top layer of the skin after the liquid has drained out. It usually becomes wet, thin and shrinks like paper. The temptation to get rid of it is great, but it is a protective film for the wound that has formed under it.
  5. The wound, in which there is no liquid left, is treated with any healing antibacterial ointment and sealed with a plaster.
  6. At night, the patch is removed, since the skin heals faster in the air.

If everything is done correctly, do not introduce an infection during a puncture and take care of the skin after - the wounds heal quickly, do not need further treatment and do not leave marks. What does it mean when it says "take care of your skin"? Treat with an antibacterial drug. It can be ointment, hydrogen peroxide, and even iodine or brilliant green. What is in the first aid kit will do. Also, you can do foot baths using healing herbs. Treat the wound with healing agents.

What to do when the dropsy has already burst?

There are folk remedies. All these drugs are left overnight in the place where the corn was and by the morning the wound heals. Among them:

  • Aloe leaf. It is cut lengthwise into two parts, applied with a cut to the wound and wrapped overnight. Aloe disinfects and heals well.
  • Egg film is also used. For this, a fresh egg is broken and a film that remains on the shell is separated and glued to the place where the corn was. People have noticed that it protects the skin and heals the wound.
  • The skin of the lemon in the same way as the aloe is attached to the site of injury.
  • Plantain sheets are used. Before applying them to the wound, they are thoroughly washed with cold water and wrapped overnight.
  • You can mix the garlic with honey. Several cloves are choked to a state of gruel, mixed with a small amount of honey and all this mixture is applied to the corn. Leaves on the leg overnight.

For the baths, warm water is taken, decoctions of calendula or chamomile are added to it. You can also make a salt bath or a bath with a potassium permanganate solution. Such procedures will not damage healthy skin, and the place where the corn was, will heal and disinfect. After such baths, it is good to remove rough skin from the feet and heels.

If nothing from folk remedies turned out to be at hand, you can look into the first-aid kit. Levomekol, Branolind or streptocide ointment are perfect for treating wounds. The ointment is applied to cleansed skin, well dried with a towel. Do not rub the wound site strongly with a cloth, it is better to blot it, in order to avoid even greater skin injury.

Apply the ointment several times a day until healing. After treatment with ointment, the wound is sealed with a bactericidal plaster or, on the contrary, is left open without wearing socks and shoes. If there is an opportunity to go to the pharmacy, you can buy the Compid plaster. It is specially formulated to combat wet calluses.

Problem prevention

To avoid the appearance of corns, you must follow certain rules. Almost all of them relate to the choice of shoes:

  1. Shoes should not be too tight or too small. If it causes discomfort when buying new shoes, it is better to choose another model. You cannot count on the fact that it will "stretch".
  2. Too loose - it will rub in the same way. The fact is that when the leg has room to slide when walking, a lot of friction is generated. It instantly leads to the appearance of wounds.
  3. You need to carefully monitor whether the seams are crushing when buying shoes. They cause the most inconvenience when rubbing severe wounds.
  4. It is better to choose shoes from natural materials, because in artificial leather it sweats quickly, and when it becomes wet, even with a normal shoe size, it begins to slip. Naturally, friction is created and wounds appear.
  5. We must not forget that high-heeled shoes lead to calluses. Regardless of the size and quality of the material, it puts stress on the toes and heels, thereby causing painful sensations. Of course, you can't expect women to give up high heels, so there is a very effective way to avoid chafing that you need to use whenever you put on a high heel. From the inside, the surface of the shoe is smeared with cream. Any greasy cream will do. Likewise, the surface of the leg is smeared with cream, especially in those places where there is the most pressure (fingers, heels and places of friction of the seams). Even if a woman is wearing tights - this is not a problem. Cream is applied directly over the tights. Friction is strong, but due to the fact that both surfaces are slippery - they simply slide freely over one another, without leading to the formation of wounds. It is recommended to thoroughly grease the edge of the heel when it comes to shoes and the places of fasteners or thin rims.

This last tip isn't just for high-heeled shoes. Any shoes or sandals, especially while they are new, are better to be lubricated with cream (not forgetting to smear on the leg as well).

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