Our feet play an important role in getting us around. Sometimes, pressure placed on the foot becomes out of balance and extra friction falls on particular areas of the foot. When this happens, the body may respond to the pressure by producing thickenings in the surface layer of the skin. These hard patches of skin are called calluses. If the cause of pressure is not relieved, calluses become painful. Common sites of corn and callus formation, including the ball of the foot, under the big toe, tips and tops of toes and between the toes.
If pressure becomes concentrated in a small area, a “hard” corn may develop. Sometimes the pressure of the corn or callus may produce inflammation, which can result in acute pain, swelling and redness. Sometimes “soft” corns may form between the toes where the skin is moist from sweat or inadequate drying.
Tinea is easy to catch and is often picked up in communal areas, such as public showers. It usually develops between the toes, causing the skin to become red, moist and itchy. Your podiatrist will be able to assess if you have a Tinea infection and advise you on the best treatment plan to manage it.