Corns & Calluses
What are Corns & Calluses?
Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin that develop to protect the skin from pressure and friction. They are common foot problems, often forming on the feet due to ill-fitting shoes, walking barefoot frequently, or other sources of repeated pressure.
- Corns: These are small, circular areas of thickened skin with a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. Corns tend to develop on parts of the feet that don’t bear weight, like the tops and sides of toes and between toes. They can be painful when pressed.
- Calluses: Calluses are larger than corns and usually develop on the soles of the feet, especially under the heels or balls, on the palms, or on the knees. They vary in size and shape and are often less sensitive than normal skin. Calluses are usually not painful and are formed due to repeated pressure or friction.