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What's the Difference Between Corns & Calluses? July 31, 2020

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What's the Difference Between Corns & Calluses?, Penfield, New York

If you’ve been struggling with pain or discomfort in your feet, you might be considering scheduling a trip to the podiatry office for a check-up. As you prepare for your appointment, you’ll likely come across two common foot pain terms, corns, and calluses. Although they are often used interchangeably, it’s important to note that they’re actually different issues. The following guide clarifies these differences to help you make the most of your appointment.


Corns are a condition in which hard skin builds up on the feet. Most often, they can be found on top of the toes or beneath them. Podiatrists can usually diagnose them through a simple visual exam. Corns have a unique appearance, with a round shape, waxy texture, and discoloration compared to the skin on the rest of your feet.

You can also identify a corn by simply touching it or putting on a pair of tight-fitting shoes. With corns, these actions can cause pain as the pressure weighs down on the built-up skin. Some people attempt to remove corns by grinding them down with a pumice stone, but in order to prevent infection, it’s recommended you go to the podiatry office, instead. 


podiatry officeThe primary similarity between calluses and corns is that they’re both the result of a buildup of skin. Beyond that, calluses differ in size, shape, color, and location. Calluses are usually much bigger than corns, and their edges are usually less defined. They’re also more yellowish in color and can typically be found on the bottom of the foot near the heel. They develop when you put too much pressure on your feet, such as maintaining a job that requires you to stand for long periods or wearing shoes that are too tight. Additionally, unlike corns, calluses usually won’t cause any pain.


If you need help diagnosing a corn or callus, turn to the team at Podiatry Associates of Rochester LLP in Rochester, NY. The professionals at this podiatry office are proud to offer a broad range of safe, effective services designed to keep you on your feet. Call (585) 342-8700 to schedule an appointment, and visit their website to learn more about what they do. 

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