What are corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses are thick hardened layers of skin that develop when the skin protects itself from friction (rubbing) and pressure.

Corns are smaller then calluses and have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. They usually occur on parts of your feet that don’t bear weight such as the tops and sides of your toes; they can be found on weight bearing areas as well.

Calluses are thickened skin that usually develops at the soles of your feet especially under the heels, your palms or knees.

What causes corns and calluses?

Foot CallusCorns are calluses develop as a result of constant friction/rubbing or pressure on the area. It is our skin’s way of protecting itself.

How can the doctor help me?

Corns and calluses are unsightly. However, of the corns or calluses are causing you pain or discomfort, see the doctor! Also, if you are diabetic or have poor circulation please see the doctor before attempting to self-treat. As you know a relatively minor cut or injury could cause infection that may lead to an ulcer. It is really best to have the doctor evaluate and treat your corns and calluses! So, don’t wait, call for an appointment! There is no reason you should be in any pain or discomfort!!