Table of Contents
- Corns and calluses facts
- What are corns and calluses?
- What causes corns and calluses to develop?
- What are risk factors for corns and calluses?
- What are symptoms and signs of corns and calluses?
- How are corns and calluses diagnosed?
- How can corns and calluses be treated? Are there home remedies for corns and calluses?
- When should someone seek professional treatment for corns or calluses?
- What kind of doctor treats corns and calluses?
- What is the prognosis for corns and calluses?
- How can corns and calluses be prevented?
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What is the prognosis for corns and calluses?
Corns and calluses are not serious conditions and can be managed with home remedies or medical treatment. Surgery is very rarely necessary. However, even with management, corns and calluses may recur if there is continued pressure or friction on the affected area.
How can corns and calluses be prevented?
In many situations, calluses and corns can be prevented by reducing or eliminating the circumstances that lead to increased pressure at specific points on the hands and feet. Potential preventive measures therefore include the following:
- Wearing well-fitting comfortable shoes is useful. The idea is to avoid having footgear press on the outside of the fifth toe or pressing the fourth and fifth toes together to prevent corns in these areas.
- Another approach is to pad the potentially affected area. Many sorts of padding are available at the drugstore:
- Cushions to put between the toes
- Foam or moleskin pads to put over the places where corns form
- Foam pads with holes in the center (shaped like donuts or bagels), which redistribute pressure around the corn instead of right over it
- Cushioned insoles to pad the feet and alleviate mechanical pressure
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Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.
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