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Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses can develop on your feet as a result of friction, pressure, or injury. They occur as the outer layer of skin thickens as a protective surface.

Corns and calluses are only slightly different. Corns have an inner core that can be soft or hard. Both corns and calluses are common in patients who are active.

Symptoms: Usually, corns and calluses are not painful, but tenderness can occur. Other symptoms include a hardened raised bump between your toes or flaky, waxy, yellow, or dry skin. A rough and thick area on your foot is a good indicator of a corn or callus.

Non-Surgical Treatments: Treatment for corns and calluses may be necessary if they grow large or cause pain. Changing shoes and wearing custom orthotics can help relieve pressure and reduce friction. Trimming the outer layer of skin, when performed by your doctor, can also help.

Surgery: Sometimes, a bone or joint that is out of place can contribute to a corn or callus. In this case, performing surgery to correct the underlying problem will reduce corns or calluses.