Corns & Pinch Calluses

Corns & Pinch Calluses

Corns and pinch calluses are patches of hard, thickened skin on the foot. They can be painless to start with and form to protect the skin and may also stop the body from developing blisters. Corns are found on toes and a callous is usually on the foot. 

Symptoms may include: 

  • A thick, rough area of skin 
  • A hardened, raised bump 
  • Tenderness or pain under the skin 
  • Flaky, dry or waxy skin 

Causes may include:

  • Poor-fitting shoes that are either too small or narrow 
  • Constant friction and pressure against the skin 
  • Walking or running a greater distance 

We have an amazing number of ligaments and tendons running under both the foot and the big toe, which helps us to push off the ground. Naturally, we are designed to use our toes and not rely on shoes for movement. Natural motion footwear allows the foot to have a complete range of natural movement and is designed to engage the big toe in regular exercise.  

When your foot hits the ground, you should move through the big toe with the foot facing forward not turning outwards. Shoe design can impact the ability to do this and your walking gait. Shoes with a narrow toe box may restrict the movement of toes and create pressure. If the skin on the side of the big toe is constantly rubbing against the shoe or being pinched, it may thicken for protection and form a corn. 

Shoes with a wide toe box can reduce pressure and friction and help to prevent corns and callouses. Visit Sole Mechanics to see an extensive range of footwear solutions. 

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