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Treating Corns and Calluses

For most people, corns and calluses on the feet and toes are an inconvenience that can cause some pain and discomfort. Corns are typically found on the toes and calluses on the heel and sole of the foot. They are thickened layers of skin that have formed because of pressure and friction. A corn is generally smaller and has a hardened center, usually the result of rubbing against the inside of a shoe. A callus is spread over a wider area, sometimes as the result of a bunion, hammertoe or other foot deformity. Neither is particularly serious and often can be handled with a few simple steps. Soak feet in warm water to soften the callused skin. Gently rub with a pumice stone to remove the skin. Do not cut either corns or calluses. Wear shoes and socks that fit properly. Try using pads in the sole of your shoes to cushion the feet. If you have diabetes, or any disease that inhibits blood flow to the feet, it is suggested that you do not try to treat corns or calluses yourself. If the corn or callus looks to be infected or becomes extremely painful, it is a good idea to see a chiropodist at your earliest convenience for a thorough exam and suggestions for treatment.

Corns are small bumps or dry, hardened skin that can arise on the feet, usually in response to friction. Corns can be asymptomatic, or they can be uncomfortable or painful. If you have corns that are bothering you, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

There are three types of corns:

  • Hard corns

    • Often occur on the tops of toes

    • Feature a hard core surrounded by dry, irritated skin

    • Can be painful

  • Soft corns 

    • Often occur in between the toes

    • Soft due to constant exposure to sweat

    • Can be painful 

  • Seed corns

    • Tiny

    • Often occur on the soles of the feet

    • Usually asymptomatic

Corns can be prevented by wearing shoes that fit properly. They are typically benign and don’t require medical treatment. However, if your corns are causing you pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to reach out to a chiropodist near you for treatment options. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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