Calluses and Corns
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Calluses—Any activity that applies repeated friction or pressure to an area of skin, including:
- Lifting weights (hands)
- Using tools (hands)
- Playing a stringed instrument (hands)
- Running long distances (feet)
- Kneeling to lay carpet or tile (knees)
- Walking on hard surfaces without shoes (feet)
Corns—Any activity or condition that applies repeated friction or pressure to the toes, including:
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Bunching of socks around toes
- Socks with seams that rub against the toes
- Foot abnormality causing a protrusion that rubs against footwear
- Professions or physical activities that cause repeated friction or pressure on the skin
- Wearing ill-fitting footwear
- Rough, thickened area of skin
- Painless or slight degree of pain, burning sensation
- Yellow or reddish in color
- Small, usually painful bump on the side or the top of the toe, or between toes
- Yellow or reddish in color
- Location—Corns usually only form on or between the toes
- Degree of pain—Corns are usually quite painful, while calluses are usually painless or only slightly painful
- Wear gloves, thick socks, or padding to protect your skin.
- Some calluses need to be thinned. Thin the callus by rubbing with a pumice stone while bathing.
- Wear properly fitting shoes.
- Remove bunching of socks, irritating stitching from socks, or any other irritant.
- Thin the callus by rubbing with a pumice stone while bathing.
- Try using doughnut-shaped corn pads, which may relieve pressure on corns.
- Avoid activities that apply repeated friction or pressure to the skin.
- Wear gloves, thick socks, or padding over the affected area of the skin.
- Wear properly fitted shoes.
- Wear properly fitted socks with no irritating stitching.
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society http://www.aofas.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.familydoctor.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
Callus. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 19, 2011. Accessed January 22, 2015.
Corn. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 10, 2010. Accessed January 22, 2015.
Corns. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00153. Updated September 2012. Accessed January 22, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -
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