Soft Corns Hard Corns and Calluses

Soft Corns, Hard Corns and Calluses all have one thing in common: they are your body’s response to too much pressure or friction being placed on an area of your body. When a part of the body feels too much friction or pressure, it responds by producing a thick layer of skin to protect it. The thick layer of skin can become a Soft Corn, Hard Corn or Callus, depending on which part of the body the friction occurs and how much friction is placed on the skin.

What are Soft Corns?

Soft Corns are thickened areas of the skin, often found between the toes. They tend to look whitish or gray. They are soft and rubbery because of the moisture found between the toes. They sometimes have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin.

The scientific name for a soft corn is heloma molle.

Soft corns can sometimes be caused by ill-fitting shoes.  They can also be caused by a toe deformity such as a hammer toe that continually rubs up against the inside of another toe.

What are Hard Corns?

Hard Corns tend to occur on the bony areas of the foot like the tops of the toes, and in areas where the skin is already thickened. They are usually smaller than soft corns, but can also have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin.

The scientific name for a Hard Corn is heloma dura.

What are Calluses?

Callus on Toes

Callus on Toes

A Callus is an area of thick skin caused by repeated pressure or friction.  Calluses vary in size, but are usually more spread out and cover a broader area than corns.  Corns are yellowish or pale in color.  Because the skin of a callus is thick, it may not be as sensitive to the touch as the skin around it. Calluses are often found on the bottom of the feet because of the constant pressure of walking, but can form anywhere on the body that is exposed to pressure or friction.

Some people, like guitar players, violinists, and other people whose work causes repetitive friction on their hands, see their calluses as a sign of hard work and dedication to the practice of their craft. Their calluses may not be painful or require treatment.

But for those of us who are not violinists, our calluses may become painful and  require treatment.

You should see your doctor if a problem with a callus or corn develops, especially if you are diabetic, have circulatory problems, or if the area around the corn or callus is reddened and looks infected.

The scientific name for a callus is callosity.

Treating Corns and Calluses with CornStick®

Treat Corns and Calluses with CornStick®Eliminating the cause of the corn or callus is a helpful step in treatment. Wearing comfortable shoes, well-fitting socks and using protective padding at the site of the corn or callus, can help reduce pain.

Removing the corn or callus with CornStick® is a safe and effective treatment.

CornStick® contains salicylic acid, which breaks down the layers of skin that form the corn or callus. Just place CornStick® on the corn or callus, cover with a soft bandage and let it work. CornStick® is painless, easy to use and contains the maximum amount of salicylic acid available in any over-the-counter medication.

If you have any questions or comments about CornStick® we would love to hear from you.


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