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Development of Foot Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are thickened skin areas caused by pressure, often occurring on the feet. They result from a natural skin defense mechanism called hyperkeratosis. Calluses are flat and spread out, while corns are thick, localized, and can have a conical shape. Corns may appear dry or translucent and are also known as helomas or clavi, while calluses are called tylomas. Common areas for corns to develop can include the sole of the foot, the outside of the pinky toe, and between the 4th and 5th toes. Corns between the toes are termed soft corns, while those in other locations are hard corns. Hyperkeratosis occurs when the skin thickens due to friction or pressure, often related to foot deformities, wearing tight shoes, or abnormal walking patterns. Risk factors include foot anatomy, gait issues, bunions, ill-fitting shoes, and certain occupations. If you have a corn or callus that becomes bothersome or shows signs of infection, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can examine the area, provide treatment for relief, and help you find underlying causes for their development.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Charles Passet, DPM of Forest Hills. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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