Corns

Corns and Other Common Causes of Foot Pain

Because we expose our feet to potential injury in our daily lives by walking, we have all experienced pains in the feet at one time or another. There are many common causes of foot pains, such as blisters and corns. There are also less common causes of foot pain, such as sciatica and osteomyelitis. Treatments for foot pain depend on the particular cause.

Picture of Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses facts

  • Corns and calluses are annoying and sometimes painful thickenings in the skin in areas of repeated pressure.
  • Symptoms and signs of corns and calluses include
    • a thick, hard patch of skin;
    • bump on the skin;
    • area of flaky, dry skin;
    • pain or tenderness of the affected area.
  • Corns and calluses can be treated with many types of medicated products to chemically pare down the thickened, dead skin.
  • Salicylic acid is the ingredient used in most corn and callus removal products.
  • Corns and calluses can be prevented by reducing or eliminating the circumstances that lead to increased pressure at specific points on the hands and feet.
  • People with fragile skin or poor circulation in the feet (including many people with diabetes or peripheral arterial disease) should consult their health-care professional as soon as corns or calluses develop. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 4/26/2016
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