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Blisters, corns and calluses

Poorly-fitting shoes that rub on the feet can damage the skin and may cause:

  • blisters – small pockets of fluid that form in the upper layers of the skin

  • corns – small circles of thick skin

  • calluses – hard, rough areas of skin that are often yellowish in colour

These conditions can all result in pain and discomfort when you walk.

Most blisters heal naturally in a few days and don't require medical attention. Wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes can help stop them returning.

Corns and calluses don't necessarily improve on their own and you may need to see a Foot Healthcare Practitioner who can advise you about appropriate treatment.

You may be advised to wear comfortable flat shoes instead of high-heeled shoes. If calluses develop on the hands, wearing protective gloves during repetitive tasks will give the affected area time to heal.

If you're not sure what's causing a corn or callus, see your Foot Healthcare Practitioner. We specialise in diagnosing and treating foot problems. We will examine the affected area and recommend appropriate treatment.

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