Health Tip: Understanding Corns and Calluses

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(HealthDay News) -- Corns form on the tops of the feet and toes, and calluses form on the soles. Both are areas of thickened skin that arise from friction.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these foot care suggestions:

  • Avoid overuse of high heels or any shoes that put pressure on the balls of the feet.
  • Corns and calluses that aren't painful and don't cause problems can be left alone.
  • See a podiatrist if your corns or calluses are painful, especially if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or poor circulation.
  • Make sure shoes fit properly and comfortably. Consider wearing pads to protect sensitive areas from rubbing.

-- Diana Kohnle

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