Corns and calluses are painful conditions developed by thickened skin. Usually, they occur in areas that have undergone repeated pressure over a prolonged period of time. 

Below are some of the significant symptoms for corns and calluses: 

  • Bumps on your skin
  • Hard or thickened patches of skin
  • Flaky skin
  • Tenderness in the infected area

If you are experiencing such symptoms indicating this painful condition, don’t waste a minute; book an appointment with a podiatrist. Podiatrists are able to treat most corns and calluses, although they can also be treated within the comfort of your own home. There are several medicated products available that can provide instant relief from pain. 

How to treat at home? 

  1. Apply a topical cream to the areas of skin that have become thickened; this allows it to be broken down. 
  2.  Next, salicylic acid should be applied to the affected area as this is a major component used for treating hardened skin. 
  3.  Finally, you should avoid circumstances that may lead to increased pressure on your feet, causing corns and calluses. 

Unfortunately, this problem is pervasive, especially amongst those who suffer from poor circulation and fragile skin conditions. This is especially true for those that suffer with diabetic foot problems.

Whilst corn is referred to as the thickened skin at a more localised area; calluses tend to take place over a more flattened surface. Corns are either circular or conical in shape and often appear translucent, waxy and dry. 

Frequently, some corns are difficult to identify as they appear like flesh, making them hard to distinguish. Unfortunately, these types of corns are mostly messy, whitish and soft by nature. Whereas hard corns often occur in more area than just the feet. 

They are known to appear in various areas, but more so on the feet and fingers. Do not underestimate corns; they may seem small in structure but can often be extremely painful and require immediate attention in the worst-case scenario. 

The most common areas of development:

  • Bottoms of your feet 
  • On the exterior of the pinky toe (most rubbed by shoes
  • Between your fourth toe and pinky toe

If you are suffering from pain due to corns and calluses, you should seek immediate help from a podiatrist. They can offer expert advice as well as diagnosis and treatment of this pesky condition. 

Last Updated: August 2021

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