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Most foot problems can be blamed not on walking but on your walking shoes. Corns, for example, are calluses that form on the toes because the bones push up against the shoe and put pressure on the skin. The surface layer of the skin thickens and builds up, irritating the tissues underneath. Hard corns are usually located on the top of the toe or on the side of the small toe. Soft corns resemble open sores and develop between the toes as they rub against each other.
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A callus is a thick layer of dead skin that forms in response to repeated friction. Since this friction usually occurs on the hands and feet, these are the most common places for calluses to develop. However, calluses can form anywhere there is pressure and friction, and sometimes appear on knees, elbows and other areas.
The process that produces the callus is called hyperkeratosis, which simply means a thickening of the skin. and it forms to protect the tissues underneath from damage. It may even be useful in some cases, allowing the performance of certain jobs that would otherwise irritate the skin, but when the callus gets very thick it can become painful and need some sort of remedial measures. If the problem is allowed to continue, a thick, hard center may develop in the callus, forming a corn. When the corn stays constantly wet from perspiration, it sometimes gets soft and raw. These conditions are often very painful and require immediate action.
There are various remedies for calluses and corns, including abrasive stones, soaps and the more drastic step of surgery. While all of these treatments have their uses, the problem can often be improved by a simple change of shoes. Since calluses and corns are usually caused by friction against the side of a shoe, simply getting the right shoe can make all the difference. Our New Balance Shoes have brought relief to many callus and corn sufferers, making more expensive measures unnecessary. Patients who are considering expensive, difficult treatments such as the surgical removal of corns should try the easier option first. They will probably discover that all they need is a pair of New Balance Shoes to relieve the problem. New Balance shoes with upper mesh and plenty of toe room such as the New New Balance 587 for running will help.