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Corns and Calluses are severe conditions developed by thickened skin. Usually, this is due to repeated friction, rubbing or irritation on the skin. The most common cause of corns and calluses is shoes that do not fit correctly, however with a bit of love and care; most cases can be prevented.

Below are some of the more common symptoms of corns and calluses:

  • Bumps on the skin 
  • Hard or thickened patches of skin 
  • Flaky skin 
  • Tenderness of the effected area 

If you are experiencing such symptoms as those above, don’t waste a second; book an appointment with a professional. Podiatrists can treat most cases of corns and calluses. They can even be treated in the comfort of your own home with a home visit appointment.

What can be done to help prevent corns and calluses?

As long as you do not suffer from any underlying health issues that could impact a corn or callus, you should be good to try your hand at some of these recommended prevention methods.

Over-the-counter pads: Applying an over the counter pad protects the area in which the corn or callus has developed. Although, you should avoid anything containing salicylic acid as this can irritate healthy skin and lead to infection, especially in those who suffer from poor blood flow.

Soak your hands and feet: Soaking your hands and feet in warm, soapy water softens corns and calluses intern making it a lot easier to remove thickened skin.

Moisturise daily: Applying a moisturiser every day. This will help keep your skin soft and prevent corns or calluses from appearing in the first place.

Wear comfortable shoes and socks: Well-cushioned shoes and socks are your best bet to help prevent pain and any further damage until your corns and calluses are resolved.

The term corn, typically refers to the thickening of skin in one specific area. Calluses tend to occur over a more flattened surface. Corns are either circular or conical in shape and often appear translucent, waxy and dry. Sadly, some corns appear very fleshy, so they may be challenging to identify.

Corns will appear in various areas, but more so on the feet and fingers. However small they may seem in structure, they can still be extortionately painful and require immediate attention in the worst-case scenario.