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Corns and calluses: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

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How can I prevent corns and calluses?

  • To avoid corns and calluses on the feet, always have both feet professionally measured when buying shoes, and only wear properly fitting shoes.
  • Make sure that both shoe width and length are correct - for each foot - since your feet may be slightly different sizes. Allow up to 1.3cm (half an inch) between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. If you can't wiggle your toes in your shoes, they are too tight.
  • Avoid shoes with sharply pointed toes and high heels. Women who prefer such shoes, or who are expected to wear them at work, can take some of the pressure off their feet by walking to their destination in well-fitted flat shoes, and then changing them. Try to decrease heel height as much as possible.
  • Have your shoes repaired regularly - or replace them. Worn soles give little protection from the shock of walking on hard surfaces, and worn linings can chafe your skin and harbour bacteria.
  • Worn heels increase any uneven pressure on your heel bone. If the soles or heels of your shoes tend to wear unevenly, talk to you doctor about corrective shoes or insoles.
  • If you have hammertoes - toes that are buckled under - make sure that the shape of your shoes offers plenty of room to accommodate the buckled toes.
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on January 15, 2016

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