Calluses and Corns
What it is: While both corns and calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin, calluses tend to develop in places where there is repeated friction, while corns grow in places where there is a pinpoint of pressure being applied to the skin. “Calluses are likely to occur on the soles of your feet, while corns occur in areas like your little toe that is pressing against your shoe all day,” says Dr. Zinkin.
How to treat: “Daily use of a gentle acidic debridement cream, like AmLactin ($17, walgreens.com) or Gehwol Callus cream ($17, drugstore.com) will help keep calluses and corns to a minimum,” says Johanna S. Youner, DPM, a podiatrist in New York City. “Wearing well-fitted shoes or cushioned pads like Spenco PolySorb insoles will also help decrease calluses on the bottom of the foot.” ($25, spenco.com) Corns may need to be treated by a medical professional. “Corns go deeper into the skin and they may need to be dug out with a scalpel,” says Dr. Zinkin. In other words, don’t try this at home, kids.