What’s On My Foot? Corns or Calluses?

It is very disconcerting when you discover a weird new sore or growth on your foot. Most people have experienced having blisters, but do you know the difference between corns and calluses?


There are many causes for developing corns and calluses, many of which are from ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or repetitive activities. When shoes do not fit properly, they create friction and excess pressure, resulting in thickened skin.


Corns commonly form on the tops and sides of toes, and sometimes on the bottom of the feet in areas with excess pressure or friction. Soft corns have thinner skin and can be open sores, while hard corns have a thickened area of dead skin that forms a hard center. Corns usually have distinct borders and are painful.


Calluses can form anywhere that experiences repeated pressure or friction, such as the hands and feet. They usually lack a distinct border and vary in color and thickness depending on the amount of impact they experience. They can become tender and inflamed, and if untreated, can form cracks in the skin leading to infections.


Home remedies such as lotions and foot soaking followed by rubbing with pumice stones can help soften corns and calluses. Orthotics, donut-shaped foam pads, and proper-fitting shoes can help relieve pressure.

If home remedies do not help, it is important to seek help from a foot care specialist. Dr. Gabriel Maislos, a board-certified podiatrist at Houston Foot & Ankle Care, has been treating all types of foot and ankle conditions for patients all around Southwest Houston. Dr. Maislos can help treat calluses and corns by removing thickened dead skin, prescribing necessary medications for infections, and creating custom orthotics to ensure a better fit in your shoes. If you have painful calluses or corns, or have bunions, heel pain, or need help with diabetic foot care, we have the modern technologies and expertise to help! Please call our Houston office at (713) 541-3199 for an appointment and explore our services online.

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