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Corns / Calluses

A callus or corn is a build-up of skin that forms at pressure points or over bony prominences. Calluses form on the bottom side of the foot; corns form on the top of the foot and between the toes. 


  • Repeated friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in your shoe.
  • Heredity disorders

What can you do?

  • Wear supportive shoes with a wide toe box and a low heel
  • Use over-the-counter creams, avoiding any acid preparations.
  • Use a pumice stone or file to treat (if not a diabetic).

What might a podiatrist do?

  • Perform a physical examination
  • Take an x-ray if needed
  • Trim or pad the lesions
  • Perform surgery when indicated.