Corns and Calluses
What are Corns and Calluses?
Corns usually form on toes and the sole of the feet. They are small, thick conical shaped circles of dead skin with a central point which build on areas of high pressure and friction. A soft corn occurs between the toes and is whitish and rubbery. They are commonly caused by wearing ill fitting footwear. Corns occur overlying a bone and they can also be a symptom of problems such as Bunions and Hammertoes.
Calluses are hard and rough-feeling areas of skin that can develop on the foot anywhere there is repeated friction.
The most common causes of corns and calluses include
- Poorly fitting footwear
- Gait abnormalities
The most common symptoms of corns and calluses include but are not limited to:
- Pain on direct pressure
- Hard pads of skin visible on high pressure areas
Treatments for corns and calluses include:
- Removing the cause of pressure or friction
- Hard skin removal