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Corns and Callus

Corns and callus are areas of hard skin that develop over areas of pressure or friction.  They become thick, unsightly and painful.

What is a corn?

A corn is an area of hard skin over a pressure area. It is a defined circle, and over repeated pressure the hard skin forms an inverted cone shape.  If the pressure is not relieved, the hard skin can press on the soft skin below to cause a wound, ulceration or infection.

What is callus?

Callus is a larger plaque of hard skin, often discoloured with a slight yellow colour.  When walking the feet take a lot of pressure, and naturally the skin toughens up in order to protect the underlying tissues.  Over a period of time, the skin can build up to become too thick and cause a problem.  In elderly patients or patients with certain medical conditions, there can be a depletion of the fatty padding of the feet, which also causes callus to build up.

Corns and Callus are easily treatable in the Clinic.