Oct 25, 2023
Corns are thick, toughened layers of skin that develop as the skin tries to protect itself from pressure or friction. They usually begin on the fingers and hands or the toes and feet.
If you're in good health, you don't need to treat corn and calluses unless they are painful or you're not happy with how they look. Corns usually disappear when the pressure or friction source is removed.
Corns and calluses are the result of friction and pressure from repetitive actions. These are some of the sources of the pressure and friction:
The following symptoms could be present with corns:
Corns are smaller and deeper than calluses, with a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. If you apply pressure, it could become painful. On the tips of the toes or the outside edge of the little toe, hard corns frequently form. Usually, soft corns develop in the space between the toes.
Calluses usually develop on pressure areas such as the knees, heels, soles of the feet, and palms; they are rarely painful. They can vary in size and structure and are often larger than maize.
Your healthcare provider will most likely be able to identify calluses and corns just by looking at your feet. This examination helps rule out cysts and warts as other causes of thicker skin. To be certain of the diagnosis, your doctor might take a tiny sample of the hardened skin. If it bleeds or has black streaks (dried blood), it's not corn.
Corns and calluses need the same attention. It means not participating in the repetitive actions that led to them. Shoes that fit properly and have protective padding can be beneficial.
If, despite your best attempts at self-care, a corn or callus doesn't go away or becomes uncomfortable, medical therapy can provide relief:
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These techniques may help you prevent corn:
Complications from corns and calluses may arise if you have diabetes or another condition that reduces blood flow to your feet.
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