Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses develop when a person’s skin protects itself from consistent pressure or friction by thickening and becoming hard. In an everyday setting, most people tend to use the words ‘corns’ and ‘calluses’ interchangeably. The truth is they are actually quite different.
What are Calluses?
Calluses are built up areas of thick dead skin so are rarely painful. These are most likely seen on the bottom of feet, specifically bony areas which carry a large portion of a person’s body weight (under the heels and balls of the feet). Calluses are often larger and have a more spread-out irregular shape.
What are Corns?
Corns tend to be quite small and round with a hard centre surrounded by inflamed skin. Corns commonly develop on parts of the foot that do not bear weight, such as the side and tops of toes. They can often appear where there is unnatural repeated friction or rubbing due to ill fitted footwear.
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