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Protective pads can remove the pressure or friction that is causing a callus or corn, giving it time to heal. For smaller calluses and corns, cut a circle out of moleskin and then cut the center out of the circle so you have a doughnut-shaped pad. Put it on your skin so that the callus or corn is in the doughnut "hole" and the pad surrounds it.
You can also place a soft pad, called a metatarsal pad, on the ball of the foot near a large callus. The pad will cushion the foot and relieve pressure on the callus. You can buy metatarsal pads made of various materials, such as rubber, felt, or soft plastic.
Last Revised: November 21, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Barry L. Scurran, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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