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What is it?
Corns and calluses are areas of the skin that have thickened because of constant pressure. Corns are small and develop on the toes. Calluses are bigger and commonly develop on the soles of feet.
Symptoms: Area painful on pressure.
Causes: Pressure from wearing new or ill-fitting shoes. People, who have less cushioning tissue then normal between the bones and skin of their feet, develop corns and calluses more easily than others.
Treatment in the home: Wear comfortable shoes. Corn pads ease pressure and pain. Corn plasters and salicylic acid encourage the corns to peel. The corn may be filed gently after softening the skin in the bath. A chiropodist can pad a corn for comfort and remove it correctly.