Corns vs. Calluses
- Posted on: Aug 15 2018
Corns and calluses are both frustrating and annoying and can often be mistaken for one another. Let’s identify the differences between these two skin conditions to help you determine the best route for treatment.
What is it?
A corn typically develops at a point of pressure on the body. For instance, on the bottoms of the feet, or sides of toes. A seed corn is a small but extremely tender callous that develops on the weight bearing part of the foot. It may be caused by a plugged sweat duct. A hard corn is made up of thick dead skin. A soft corn has a thinner covering and typically appears in between the 4th and 5th toes.
A callus is when the top layer of the skin becomes thickened. These are painless and can develop on the feet, hands or any place with consistent friction. The most common type of callus happens when there is repetitive rubbing against the feet and hands. A plantar callus can be found on the bottom of the feet.
What is the cause?
Certain calluses and corns can develop due to bad posture, poor walking motion, or ill fitting shoes. High heels can cause the most damage because they put an undue amount of pressure on the toes, thus making women four times as likely as men to develop foot issues. You are also at risk for getting a corn or callus if you wear shoes or sandals without socks.
Corns can happen when there is rubbing or pressure on a specific area for a continued period of time. If your child gets a callus but you can find no definite pressure source, have it checked by a physician. It could be a splinter stuck beneath the skin.
What is the treatment?
Corns and calluses will often eventually disappear on their own, as soon as the pressure stops. Depending on the size of the callus, the doctor may shave part of it down to reduce thickness. The use of moleskin pads can relieve pressure from a corn. Oral antibiotics can be used to clear up an infected corn. Moisturizing creams can help make the skin softer and sooth cracks. Some creams containing urea may be recommended by your doctor. Do not use hydrocortisone creams, as these may increase rashes and itching.
Arrange a consultation
For more information about how to heal your callus or corn, call the Foot & Ankle Specialty Group, located in Beverly Hills, California. You can speak with our team by calling 310.651.2366.
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