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If there is one part of our body that we should love the most, it is our feet.  Our feet must be the single part of our body that we abuse most often.  They carry our weight everyday and take us to distances that we would never have reached if we did not have them.  We subject our feet to the cramping space of shoes and they suffer silently everyday.  The second most important part of our body is our hands. We also use them everyday to do the chores that are needed to be done, which are sometimes quite heavy and very hard to do.

The daily rigors that we subject our feet and hands to result in our skin coming up with its own protection mechanism in the form of corns as well as calluses.  These are layers of skin that thicken and harden in time.  Some people have these skin conditions treated because they see them as unsightly and bothersome.  However, these conditions are really harmless and should require treatment only if they cause some degree of pain.  There are people who get rid of foot corns and calluses that form on the hands by lessening the pressure that these body parts are being subjected to.  Some stop wearing tight shoes or those that don't fit them well and instead use more comfortable footwear.  They also stop doing those menial chores that create much friction to the hands.  Other use healing balms and lotions to soften the thick and hard layers of skin.

However, if you have a health condition that may cause poor blood circulation to your feet like diabetes, then you should consult a doctor and ask for help in managing your foot corns.   This is because these hardened layers of skin on your feet could result to serious complications if not seen to immediately, especially if you have diabetes.  Other people may not notice immediately that corns and calluses have already formed on their skin.  The things to look out for in your skin when it comes to these conditions are pain or tenderness under your skin, a layer of skin that have become quite thick and hard as well as waxy skin that is dry and flaky.

You also have to be aware that corns are different from calluses because most often, one is mistaken for the other.  It is best to distinguish them from each other by realizing that the latter are usually rough in texture, are not painful and vary in shape and size.   They usually form on the palm of your hands and on your foot sole.  The former, on the other hand, especially the foot corns, are smaller, usually hard at the center and forms typically on the sides of toes as well as on the top.  They usually develop on the part of the feet that do not bear your weight

 
   
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