What is the difference between a corn and a callus?
Corns and calluses are both thickened skin. However, a corn is thickened skin on the top or side of your foot or toe and a callus is usually thickened skin on the bottom of your feet.
Both corns and calluses are caused by pressure or friction that often comes from poorly fitting shoes. Although they can sometimes be painful, neither corns nor calluses are serious conditions. (23)
How do I prevent corns and calluses?
- Try to avoid wearing high heels every day.
- Wear shoes that fit, and have a wide and deep toe box.
How do I care for corns and calluses?
- Soak your feet in warm (not hot) water. Gently use a pumice stone to soften and reduce the size of your corn or callus. Do not rub hard. Do a little bit every day so you don’t make a sore on your skin.
- If you have diabetes or poor circulation, seek medical treatment for foot problems-do not self-treat.
- Wear a doughnut-shaped foam pad over corns to help relieve the pressure. These products are available in the foot care aisle.
- Use lamb’s wool (not cotton) between your toes to help cushion the pressure from the bones of your other toes. (24)
- You can buy relief products at your local pharmacy, such as Corn Cushions, Gel Corn Protectors, Moleskin Padding and Callus Cushions.