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Calluses and Corns Explained

While calluses and corns are not usually serious, this doesn’t mean that you have to ignore or put up with them.

Understanding what corns and calluses are can help you better understand how they are formed, how you can help to prevent them, how you should treat them, and when you should seek medical attention.

Because of their similarities, the terms ‘corn’ and ‘calluses’ are often used interchangeably, even though they are different. Here’s a look at both corns and calluses now, see what you should know about each one.

Corns generally appear on the tops and sides of the foot. Corns appear as small, hard formations that are similar looking to corn kernels. Corns are small, thick patches of dead skin with a central core. Seed corns can appear on the bottoms of your feet, and are often caused by plugged sweat ducts.

Calluses on the other hand, can appear on both the hands and feet. They are caused from repeated friction, such as when your foot continually rubs against your shoe. They can also form on your hands.

While corns and calluses are different, they are similar in that they can both be caused by wearing improper footwear; especially shoes that are too loose or tight, or high-heeled shoes. Wearing shoes or sandals without socks can also cause friction, which can cause calluses to appear.

Corns and calluses aren’t generally dangerous or bothersome. But if proper steps aren’t taken, they can become worse.

In most cases, treatment at home is possible. Wearing different shoes can help prevent the callus or corn from forming or getting bigger. And you can also try soaking your feet in warm water and using a pumice stone to slowly scrub off your calluses. Never attempt to remove your corn or calluses by using sharp objects.

Finally, you should beware of:

• Pain
• Tenderness
• Drainage from corns or calluses
• Swelling

If you notice any of the above, seek medical attention or contact your podiatrist for an appointment.

For treatment of corns and calluses or other foot conditions in Houston, Texas contact Dr. Lamarra of Shepherd Square Podiatry today.