The difference between a callus and a corn is the location where it’s found on the body. Corns refer specifically to the thickening of the skin on top of the foot or toe. Corns are often found on the baby toe from constant rubbing against the outer side of the shoe. Calluses, on the other hand, are found on the bottom of the foot. Calluses may also develop on other body parts, like hands.
Corns and calluses are also differentiated by the type of skin thickening that’s occurred. A callus is a flatter and wider area of thickening. A corn, however, is a thicker, deeper lesion.
Once corns or calluses form, they will not usually disappear on their own. In fact, they can worsen over time. Corns and calluses may become painful when they get too thick, and may be painful when wearing shoes. For diabetics, the risk of complications from corns and calluses is a concern.
While you can purchase over the counter treatments for corns or calluses, these products can end up doing more harm than good. They use harsh chemicals that can cause skin burns or further irritation.
If your feet have corns or calluses that cause pain, discomfort or trouble wearing shoes, then it’s time to call a podiatrist. Call 773-375-7106 or 708-422-4300 to schedule an appointment today.