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Corn & Calluses

Intro

If home remedies fail to eliminate the corns and calluses and they continue to be painful or bothersome, consult your doctor. Anyone with diabetes  or poor circulation should seek medical attention earlier because of a higher risk for infection.

Normally, corns and calluses do not require emergency attention. These conditions, however, would need a visit to the hospital’s Emergency Department or doctor's office:

  • Spreading redness around the sore
  • Puslike drainage from or around the sore
  • Increasing pain and swelling
  • Fever
  • Change in color of fingers or toes
  • Signs of gangrene (tissue decay)
Self-Care at Home

Place protective covering or bandages over the sore to decrease friction on the skin until the sore heals .

  • Apply moisturizing agents such as lotions to dry calluses and corns.
  • Rub sandpaper disks or pumice stone over hard thickened regions.
  • Avoid stress to hands or feet by using gloves or changing shoes or s
  • Soak feet or hands in warm soapy water to soften corns and calluses.
Follow-up

Follow-up is needed for ongoing corns and calluses that don't go away with treatment as well as for signs of infection or severe pain .

Prevention

Wear gloves to protect hands.
Make sure shoes and socks fit properly and do not rub.
Wear felt pads over bony points where there is increased friction to the skin.
Surgically correct bony abnormalities.
Keep hands and feet moisturized.

Outlook

Once the corns and calluses are eliminated, a complete cure is possible if the factors causing them have been eliminated.

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