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Calluses and Corns

What are they?
Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin usually found on the feet but can occur anywhere on your skin with increased pressure. They can be uncomfortable or sometimes very painful.

What causes them?
Your skin grows continually. Normally the outer layer flakes away in very tiny pieces as new skin grows from within. Pressure or friction on your skin will compact the surface layer of your skin. As your skin is growing from within, this layer will increase in thickness and is called callus (hard skin) or corn. It will generally be hard and brittle. If it occurs between the toes it may be white and rubbery - this is a soft corn.