Corn and Callus Prevention

Feet can be tough to treat right with how much pressure people put on their feet every day.  People often neglect the proper cleaning, care, and maintenance of their feet which can lead to problems. Individuals can prevent most issues with feet, toes, and ankles if they know the things to notice.

If you have noticed some sensitivity or strange feeling in your feet, you may have a corn or callus. We’ll explore both of these toe and feet issues and make sure to give you suggestions for how to prevent them.

How Corns and Calluses form on the toes and feet

Symptoms of corns and calluses

  • A thick, rough area of skin
  • An area of dry, flaky, or wax-like skin
  • A tender area, sometimes with pain under your skin
  • A hardened often raised bump

Wait, Do I have a Corn or a Callus?

Though there are many similarities between the two, corns and calluses are different issues.

  • Callus - a callus is usually not painful. Calluses develop mostly on the bottom of feet in areas that bear weight including the heel or ball. They are typically larger than corns.
  • Corn - a corn is a small buildup of thick skin with noticeably inflamed skin surrounding a hard center that is painful to the touch. Corns develop on areas that do not bear weight such as on or between toes.


Though calluses can form naturally and provide a natural barrier to rubbing and friction, they can become excessively large, unsightly, and uncomfortable. On the other hand, no one wants to deal with a painful corn.

Luckily, there is help for you! Follow these preventative steps to protect your feet and toes from developing corns or calluses.

  1. Proper footwear - Getting the right shoes is the most crucial step in preventing calluses and corns from developing on your feet. Make sure to measure both the length and width of your feet (preferably at the end of the day after they have swollen to their largest size), then use those measurements to get the right footwear.
  2. Protective coverings - You can wear felt pads or protective bandages on inflamed or affected areas of your toes or feet. This step will prevent further problems from developing.
  3. Padded Inserts - Instead of padding your body, you can pad where your foot rests. Try shoe inserts or area inserts to ease pressure in tighter spots.

Calluses and Corns on your feet can hold up your daily activities more than you think. A quick consultation with Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers can make all the difference. Our centers are conveniently located in Macomb County with offices in St. Clair Shores, Warren, and Macomb, MI.  For an office visit, call us at 586-779-6140 and schedule an appointment with Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM or Adam Thompson, DPM. Your feet are in good hands with our podiatry team!

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