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Corns and Calluses (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If home remedies fail to eliminate the corns and calluses and they continue to be painful or bothersome, consult your doctor. Anyone with diabetes, loss of sensation or poor circulation should seek medical attention earlier because of a higher risk for infection.

Normally, corns and calluses do not require emergency attention. These conditions, however, would need a visit to the hospital's emergency department or doctor's office:

  • Spreading redness around the sore
  • Any drainage from or around the sore
  • Increasing pain and swelling or streaking
  • Fever
  • Change in color of fingers or toes
  • Signs of gangrene (tissue decay)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014

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