Corns and calluses are areas of hard, thickened skin that develop when the skin is exposed to excessive pressure or friction. They commonly occur on the feet and can cause pain and discomfort when you walk.
Corns are small circles of thick skin that usually develop on the tops and sides of toes or on the sole of the foot.However they can occur anywhere.
Women often get them if they've been wearing badly fitting shoes or spend alot of time standing during the day.
Calluses are hard, rough areas of skin that are often yellowish in colour. They can develop on your foot, most often around the heel area or over the ball of the foot.
Calluses are larger than corns and do not have such a well defined edge. They develop when the skin rubs against something such as a bone, shoe or the ground. They often form over the ball of your foot because this area takes most of your weight when you walk. This is particularly the case in women who regularly wear high heels.
Excessive pressure on bony areas of the foot, badly fitting shoes and lots of walking or running are all possible causes of calluses.
Treating Corns and Calluses
If you have corns or calluses on your feet you should book an appointment to see our Podiatrist instore who can advise you about treatment. Our Podiatrist specialises in diagnosing and treating foot problems. He will examine the affected area and recommend the appropriate treatment. Corns on feet will not get better unless the cause of the pressure is removed. If the cause is not removed the skin will become thicker and more painful over time.