In many situations, calluses and corns can be prevented by reducing or eliminating the circumstances that lead to increased pressure at specific points on the hands and feet. Potential preventive measures, therefore, include:
Wearing well-fitting, comfortable shoes. The idea is to avoid having foot gear press on the outside of the fifth toe or pressing the fourth and fifth toes together to prevent corns in these areas.
Another approach is to pad the potentially affected area. Many sorts of padding are available at the drugstore:
Cushions to put between the toes.
Foam or moleskin pads to put over the places where corns form.
Foam pads with holes in the center (like donuts or bagels), which redistribute pressure around the corn instead of right over it.
Cushioned insoles to pad your feet and alleviate mechanical pressure.
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