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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 28, 2016
Tags: corns   calluses  

It's a puzzle - you may have an unusual skin growth on your feet or toes and you're wondering what it could be. Is it a callus? Is it a corn? What is the difference?

A corn is an area of thickened skin with inflamed tissue underneath. These often form where two toes rub together or where the top of a toe rubs against a shoe.

Another type of thick, hardened skin is a callus. These often form on the heel, the ball of the foot and under the big toe and serve to protect the skin from friction. They are really not skin problems - instead they indicate problems with the bones.

What Causes Corns and Calluses

Corns result when excessive pressure on the toes irritates the tissues and the skin's surface layer thickens. Soft corns are similar to open sores between the toes and result from toes rubbing against each other.

Calluses also form from repeated friction and pressure but this time it happens when the shoe rubs against a bony protrusion called a bone spur on the foot or toe. Even small amounts of pressure or friction that occur over time will cause a callus.

The most common cause of both corns and calluses are shoes that don't fit properly. If your shoes are too tight or too narrow in the toe box, your toes are pushed together causing friction to the skin. An abnormal gait or too much pressure from sports activities can cause these growths, as can deformities like claw toe or hammertoe.

Home Remedies Can Work To Relieve the Discomfort of Corns and Calluses

Try these treatments first:

  • Soak feet in warm, soapy water and then rub thickened areas of skin gently with a pumice stone or foot file.
  • Smooth on a moisturizing cream or lotion at night and wear loose socks to bed. Rub thickened skin in the morning with a pumice stone.
  • Try placing moleskin or foam pads right on the callus or corn to reduce friction and pressure. Using over-the-counter products with salicylic acid is not a good idea as they can damage healthy tissue and cause infection.

For persistent corns and calluses or those that are large or painful, contact Clark Podiatry Center for help. We can reduce the pressure of a callus by carefully shaving the thickened skin. For corns that have become infected, we will prescribe oral antibiotics and give you creams with urea that can remove dead skin. We will also check to see if an abnormal walking motion has caused the problem and can prescribe custom-fitted orthotics to relieve excessive pressure.

Don't Wait for Relief for Corn and Callus Discomfort

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist can begin to relieve the pain of corns and calluses today. You can call us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. There is no need to suffer from any skin problem on your feet - we can help!


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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470