Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are thick, hard, unsightly patches of compacted skin that form in response to repetitive friction or pressure.

They are one of your body’s natural defense mechanisms and are meant to protect the skin from more serious damage. However, they can be unpleasant, unsightly, and sometimes even painful.

They are also a sign that you may need to make some changes in order to reduce your risk of further complications—especially if you have diabetes.

What’s the Difference?

Corns and calluses are distinguished by their shape and location.

  • Corns typically form in non-weight-bearing locations, particularly the toes. They tend to be smaller, shaped like a cone, and may feature a hard center surrounded by softer, inflamed skin. They are more likely to be painful, especially when pressure is applied.
  • Calluses typically form along the soles of the feet in weight-bearing locations, including the balls of your feet and the heels. They are usually long, flat, and rarely painful.

That said, both form the same way—repetitive pressure or friction on the skin.

What’s the Difference?

Corns and calluses are distinguished by their shape and location.

  • Corns typically form in non-weight-bearing locations, particularly the toes. They tend to be smaller, shaped like a cone, and may feature a hard center surrounded by softer, inflamed skin. They are relatively more likely to be painful, especially when pressure is applied.
  • Calluses typically form along the soles of the feet in weight-bearing locations, including the balls of your feet and the heels. They are usually long, flat, and rarely painful.

That said, both form the same way—repetitive pressure or friction on the skin.

Are Corns and Calluses Dangerous?

For most healthy people, the answer is no. If they are not painful and not bothering you, you may not feel treatment is necessary.

However, you should seek treatment if:

  • Your corns or calluses are causing pain
  • You have diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, or any other condition that causes poor sensation or blood flow to the feet. These conditions put you at elevated risk of developing more serious complications, including foot ulcers.

How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Most corns and calluses will go away on their own if you remove the source of friction or pressure. Usually, this involves wearing better shoes and socks that are more breathable, fit your feet better, and give your toes enough room to wiggle. Using moisturizer regularly may help as well.

If you have diabetes, your corns are causing you pain, or you just can’t seem to get rid of them, give our office a call so we can make a full evaluation and offer additional treatment methods.

Sometimes your corns or calluses are related to a problem with the bony structure of your feet that needs to be corrected. In other cases, we may help you safely trim your corn or callus, or protect it using moleskins or padding.

Never attempt to treat your corns or calluses at home by cutting them, using medicated pads or solutions, or other “home remedies.” These methods can easily damage healthy skin, or even lead to an infection. It is much better to have your feet treated in a safe environment, by foot specialists who know what they are doing.

Need help with your corns or calluses? Call Trinity Foot Center in DeSoto, TX today at (972) 293-9650.

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