corns and calluses


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corns and calluses,

thickenings of the outer layer of skinskin,
the flexible tissue (integument) enclosing the body of vertebrate animals. In humans and other mammals, the skin operates a complex organ of numerous structures (sometimes called the integumentary system) serving vital protective and metabolic functions.
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 where there is irritation or constant pressure. Corns are cone-shaped with their points protruding into the dermis, or inner layer of skin. They usually have hard, shiny surfaces surrounded by red, painful areas. Soft-surfaced corns sometimes develop between overlapping toes where there is an accumulation of moisture. Treatment of corns is directed at the relief of irritation or pressure, e.g., wearing properly fitted shoes; they can also be softened by pastes and ointments or removed by a physician. Calluses typically involve only the outermost layers of skin and are not usually painful; they tend to disappear once the source of irritation has been removed. See bunionbunion,
swelling or thickening around the first joint of the big toe. The toe is forced inward and compresses the other toes. The fluid-filled sac, or bursa, in the toe joint becomes inflamed (a condition called bursitis), which may lead to pain, deformity, and an inability to
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It was all basic stuff, mostly for the elderly having difficulty with nail care, corns and calluses," said Penny.
The best way to treat corns and calluses at home is to soak the foot in warm (never hot) water until the hardened skin softens, then gently apply a pumice stone or callus file; don't rub the area raw.
Dry cracking heels, corns and calluses may mean it's time for some foot care before heading to the beach.
Soft or hard corns and calluses on the toe, between two toes or on the ball of the foot.
Corns and calluses These are thickened areas of skin that develop in areas where the feet and toes rub against your shoes--if there are prominent areas on the foot due to bunions or hammertoes, these areas are particularly vulnerable.
Corns and calluses affect about five percent of people in the United States.
Solihull Care Trust's foot health department is leading the campaign in a bid to help people get rid of their poorly fitting shoes they say cause corns and calluses by urging people to donate them to Blue Peter's Shoe Biz appeal.