A callus, or tyloma, on the foot is caused from repeated pressure and friction, leading to the buildup of thickened skin. The callus, which be may hard, dry or cracked, functions to protect the area underneath it. A corn is similar to a callus, but is smaller and appears on toes rather than on the sole of the foot.
A callus or corn is typically diagnosed upon examination.
Your podiatrist can recommend simple over-the-counter treatments such as pads or pumice to decrease the calluses or corn. In severe cases, calluses may require regular shaving to keep them from becoming too large.
While treatment for calluses and corns is not always necessary, it may provide you with more comfort. Larger calluses can cause significant pain. In some patients, especially in people with diabetes, calluses can lead to wounds that can lead to serious problems.
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