What is a corn and callus?
There’s only one slight difference between a corn and a callus: Corns occur at the top of the feet and over the toes, while calluses tend to come up on the ball or bottom of the foot, says John Giurini, MD, the chief of podiatric surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. In both cases, it’s a thick tissue that develops over pressure points, Giruini explains. And both are usually caused by boney deformities—typically hammer toes can cause corns and abnormalities along the bones of the foot can lead to calluses. “They’re almost always related to some type of abnormality,” says Giurini.
While Giurini says you can use at-home treatments and over-the-counter meds to treat corns and calluses, they do often come back (unless you fix the structural problem). In the meantime, try these remedies to curb the issue. Here are more health secrets your feet wish they could tell you.
Giurini says the simplest thing to do with corns and calluses is to shave them down. So soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes, then take a pumice stone to the infected area.