Corns are similar in their make up to a callus but much deeper into the layers of skin, making it much more painful – it may feel like you are walking on tiny stones. Corns normally appear over bony prominence’s and the ball of the foot, but many people also experience corns on the tops of the toes if the toes are deformed in any way.
Callus is an area of hardened skin caused by an over-activity of the normal response of the skin to excessive shear and intermittent compressive stresses.
These stresses can be a result of inappropriate footwear, bony prominence and lifestyle factors such as occupation or sports and hobbies. However some people have a natural tendency to form callus because of their skin type.
Elderly people have less fatty tissue in their skin and this can lead to callus forming on the ball of the foot, padding to the ball of the foot will benefit to compensate for any loss of natural padding.
Emollient creams delay callus building up, and help improve the skin’s natural elasticity. We will be able to advise you on the most appropriate skin preparations for your needs.