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Our feet take a lot of punishment. We squeeze them into uncomfortable shoes or high heels, and rarely pamper them. It’s no wonder so many of us experience heel pain, blisters, corns and calluses. Even couch potatoes can get athlete’s foot.

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Corns and calluses: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

What is a corn? What is a callus?

Corns and calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin that form as a consequence of rubbing, friction or pressure on the skin.



Corns and calluses form on the feet and can make walking painful.



Although corns and calluses are often talked about together, they are separate conditions.

Corns generally occur on the tops and sides of the toes. A hard corn is a small patch of thickened, dead skin with a small plug of skin in the centre. A soft corn has a much thinner surface, appears whitish and rubbery, and usually occurs between the toes. Seed corns are clusters of tiny corns that can be very tender if they are on a weight-bearing part of the foot. Seed corns tend to occur on the bottom of the feet, and some doctors believe this condition is caused by blocked sweat ducts.

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