Have you ever said “I have a painful corn on my foot”? A corn is hard extra skin with a darker center. Calluses are layers of dead skin cells that accumulate because of repeated friction from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe. The area of hard, thickened skin can occur across the ball of the foot, on the heel, or on the outer side of the big toe.
Corns are caused by built up pressure and can be found anywhere on the foot, on top of toes, between toes, under the foot and even under a toenail.
Calluses form from repeated friction and pressure, as the shoe (or ground) rubs against a bony section on the toe or foot. The skin thickens in response to this pressure. Small amounts of friction or pressure over long periods of time cause a corn or callus. A great deal of friction or pressure over shorter periods of time can cause blisters or open sores. Calluses typically develop under the ball of the foot. Calluses have painful nerves and bursal sacs (fluid-filled balloons that act as shock absorbers) beneath them, causing symptoms ranging from sharp, shooting pain to dull, aching soreness.
Don’t ever say “I have a painful corn” again, contact Bruyere Foot Specialists for help on removing your corns safely and find out how to prevent getting them again.