By Meghan Sink, MS, ATC, LAT
Foot corns are thick, hardened layers of skin that form on the top, side and even between the toes. Corns and calluses are often confused with one another. Corns are smaller than calluses and have a hard center surrounded by red, inflamed skin. Corns tend to develop on parts of your feet that don’t bear weight, whereas calluses usually develop on the soles of the feet. Corns can be painful when pressed. They usually form due to repetitive actions, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or not wearing socks. Treatment usually involves using a donut pad over the area, and avoiding the source that caused the corn to develop. If the corn does not resolve with self treatment, a doctor can trim the excess skin, and provide medication to reduce infection risk.