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Calluses And Corns

Calluses and Corns

Although they may look similarly, corns and calluses have a few key differences.


Underlying bone problems can cause excessive irritation. Where shoes repeatedly rub, dead skin cells pile up, creating calluses on the bottom of the foot and corns on the toes. Sometimes may actually be warts, which require different treatment (see Warts page).


Callus is friction and pressure upon the epidermis related to some biomechanical problem or improper shoes.


Dissolving corns or cutting out calluses at home is dangerous. Your podiatrist can trim or protect them if they become painful. They usually grow back unless the underlying problem is corrected surgically.