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Corns and Calluses

Corns and Calluses Overview

A callus (tyloma) is an area of skin that thickens after exposure to repetitive frictional forces in order to protect the skin. A callus may or may not be painful. When it becomes painful, treatment is required. However, people who suffer from diabetes, poor blood circulation, or loss of sensation (neuropathy) should seek professional treatment even if there is no associated pain.

When a callus develops a mass of dead cells in its center (keratinocytes), it becomes a corn (heloma). Corns generally occur on the toes and balls of the feet. Calluses occur on the feet, hands, and any other part of the skin where friction is present.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014

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Corns, also referred to as clavi, are painful, hyperkeratotic papules of the skin that develop in response to excess pressure on the bony prominences of the feet and toes.

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