What Is It?
Corns and calluses can be uncomfortable, but they are your body’s solution to protecting sensitive skin.
- Hardened, thick areas of skin
- Rounded or conical and may appear as a bump on the skin
- Dry, scaly, or flaky
- Corns are painful if they interfere with walking or other activities
- Calluses are typically painless.
- A physical exam. Your doctor will examine your feet and rule out other causes of thickened skin, such as warts and cysts.
- An X-ray. Your doctor may recommend an X-ray of your foot to see if a physical abnormality is causing the corn or callus.
In many situations, calluses and corns can be prevented by reducing or eliminating the circumstances that lead to increased pressure. Wearing well-fitting, comfortable shoes is the best approach to prevention.
Corns and calluses can be treated with many types of products to chemically reduce thickened, dead skin.
Corns and calluses are not serious and can be managed with home remedies or medical treatment. They may recur if there is continued pressure or friction on the affected area.