Pedifix Visco Gel Digital Tubes
Knit Wide 1″ x 6″
- Fully lined with vitamin-enriched gel
- Helps relieve pain from corns, nail problems, dry cuticles and abrasions
- Flexible ribbed or mesh fabrics conform well to digits
- Can be easily cut to fit any size required
3 Per Package
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Podiatric protective padding?
A variety of pads like visco gel digital tubes may be used to treat or prevent calluses and corns. Protective padding such as visco gel digital tubes cushions the callus or corn or holds the foot and toes in a more comfortable position so that calluses or corns do not develop.
You can purchase visco gel digital tubes protective padding in different sizes and shapes, or purchase sheets of material that you cut to fit your needs.
What are some types of pads that may be used for calluses and corns?
- Toe separators, which keep toes from rubbing together. They are used to prevent soft corns.
- Toe crest pads, which relieve pressure and friction and help prevent toes from rubbing together.
- Toe caps and visco gel digital tubes toe sleeves, which fit over your toe and protect the sides and tips of the toe.
If you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, peripheral neuropathy, or other conditions that cause circulatory problems or numbness, consult your doctor before trying any treatment for calluses or corns.
What is a Corn? What is a Callus?
Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin that develop to protect that area from irritation. They occur when something rubs against the foot repeatedly or causes excess pressure against part of the foot. The term callus commonly is used if the thickening of skin occurs on the bottom of the foot, and if thickening occurs on the top of the foot (or toe), it’s called a corn. However, the location of the thickened skin is less important than the pattern of thickening: flat, widespread skin thickening indicates a callus, and skin lesions that are thicker or deeper indicate a corn.
Corns and calluses are not contagious but may become painful if they get too thick. In people with diabetes or decreased circulation, they can lead to more serious foot problems.
What are some causes of corns and calluses?
Corns often occur where a toe rubs against the interior of a shoe, visco gel digital tubes can help prevent this. Excessive pressure at the balls of the feet—common in women who regularly wear high heels—may cause calluses to develop on the balls of the feet. People with certain deformities of the foot, such as hammer toes, are prone to corns and calluses, visco gel digital tubes can help.
What is some home care for corns and calluses?
Mild corns and calluses may not require treatment. If the corn or callus isn’t bothering you, it can probably be left alone. It’s a good idea, though, to investigate possible causes of the corn or callus. If your footwear is contributing to the development of a corn or callus, it’s time to look for other shoes or try visco gel digital tubes for corns.
Over-the-counter treatments can do more harm than good, especially if you have any medical conditions such as diabetes. Some over-the-counter treatments contain harsh chemicals, which can lead to burns or even foot ulcers.
When to Visit a Podiatrist?
If corns or calluses are causing pain and discomfort or inhibiting your daily life in any way, see a podiatrist. Also, people with diabetes, poor circulation, or other serious illnesses should have their feet checked.
How are corns and calluses diagnosed and treated?
The podiatrist will conduct a complete examination of your feet. X-rays may be taken; your podiatrist may also want to inspect your shoes and watch you walk. He or she will also take a complete medical history. Corns and calluses are diagnosed based on appearance and history.
If you have mild corns or calluses, your podiatrist may suggest changing your shoes and/or adding padding like visco gel digital tubes to your shoes. Larger corns and calluses are most effectively reduced (made smaller) with a surgical blade. A podiatrist can use the blade to carefully shave away the thickened, dead skin—right in the office. The procedure is painless because the skin is already dead. Additional treatments may be needed if the corn or callus recurs.
How are corns and calluses prevented?
Wear properly fitted shoes. If you have any deformities of the toe or foot, talk to your podiatrist to find out what shoes are best for you.
Gel pad inserts may decrease friction points and pressure. Your podiatrist can help you determine where pads might be useful.