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Corns clavi are very well demarcated and usually are less than 1. Clavi may be further classified as a hard clavus heloma durum or a soft clavus heloma mole. Calluses are poorly demarcated and can be of any size Figure 3. Both show exaggerated skin markings and may show hemorrhage, yellow discoloration from old hemorrhage, or hyperpigmentation.

Both are due to thickenings and increases in the density of the epidermal stratum corneum along with changes in the deeper layers of the skin: the stratum malpighi and dermis, which are responsible for creating these increases in the thickness, density and chemical composition of the stratum corneum. Clavus 10x Callus shows a markedly dense, usually orthokeratotic stratum corneum underlain by mild acathosis, variable hypergranulosis, and increased collagenization of the superficial dermis.

There may be mucin deposition in the dermis, hemorrhage around blood vessels, streaking of collagen on the sides of the dermal papillae. Continue Reading. Corns show a very dense collagen plug surrounded by epidermis with the changes noted above.

In addition, the dermal papillae may be angled toward or away from the center of the lesion. Over the center of the lesion, under the tip of the plug of keratin, the epidermis is often atrophic. Dermal blood vessels are more likely to be damaged than those underlying a callus. Diagnosis confirmation The differential diagnosis of a callus is seldom an issue. Treatment may be challenging; diagnosis less commonly so. The most important differential to consider is contact dermatitis, often superimposed on the callus.

The key differential diagnosis of a clavus is a verruca vulgaris, particularly a verruca plantaris. Paring of a callus with a small knife the surface downward eventually reveals small dark spots when dealing with a verruca, corresponding to the thrombosed blood vessels seen histologically.

These spots are not seen when paring a clavus. It is important to make this differential because the treatment for these two entities is very different. Who is at Risk for Developing this Disease? Corns and calluses are extremely common and affect most of the population at one time or another.

What is the Cause of the Disease? Etiology Pathophysiology Calluses are due to lateral pressure combined with downward pressure on the skin, producing a reaction. If there is direct injury to the underlying dermis, the result is a scar cicatrix , consisting of fibrotic connective tissue changes in the dermis.

Indirect injury to the dermis, such as that caused by the downward pressure that caused the callus, may produce mucin deposition in the dermis. Calluses occur in numerous sites depending on pressure exerted on that site.

They often serve a useful purpose, as calluses on the palms of a manual laborer or on the soles of a worker who must chronically walk over difficult terrain eg, partially crushed seashells without shoes. Some calluses may therefore be classified as physiologic.

Such calluses may also cause pain and dysfunction, however, depending on the exact site, size and shape. Calluses in specific sites often have vernacular names as noted in Table I.

Table I. An example is a nail in ones shoe extending above the sole. Clavi are almost always pathological, causing pain rather than easing it. Hard clavi are common, often seen on the sole of the foot.

Soft clavi are seen on more moist areas, such as between the toes. Systemic Implications and Complications Diabetes mellitus may lead to either process due to loss of sensation in the lower limbs; in many cases the patient is unaware of even grossly apparent lesions.

Diabetic patients are more prone to infectious complications and friction blisters. Treatment Options 1. Removal of mechanical stress, eg, properly fitting shoes, moleskin, cut-out foam adhesive pads, diabetic socks 2. Optimal Therapeutic Approach for this Disease Lesions are managed primarily by removing the mechanical stress that caused the lesion and by appropriate use of keratolytics when necessary. Special care must be taken to be sure the patient does not have diabetes mellitus or peripheral vascular disease in the relevant area.

When calluses are desirable, as in ceratin training situations, their development may be accelerated by applying a protein cross-linker, such as formalin, topically to the area. Patient Management Prognosis is excellent if proper management is instituted and followed. If the patient has diabetes mellitus or peripheral vascular disease in the relevant area, however, ulceration and infection, with a difficult course, may follow.

If an ulcer appears, it may be difficult to treat. The clinician cannot exclude other causes of an ulcer, however, such as verrucous carcinoma, so care must be taken to ensure proper management should an ulcer appear.

For example, sitting cross-legged was recently reported as an etiology. What is the Evidence? Shahk , R, Tiwari , RR. Indian J Dermatol. This is an excellent analysis of skin problems of construction workers at a site in India. They mainly consist of calluses and contact dermatitis. Tautisinwat , N, Janchai , S. J Med Assoc Thai. This is an excellent anaylsis of diabetic foot problems in a clinic devoted exclusively to these patients.

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Corn (medicine)

A corn or clavus , plural clavi or clavuses is a distinctively shaped callus of dead skin that usually occurs on thin or glabrous hairless and smooth skin surfaces, especially on the dorsal surface of toes or fingers. They can sometimes occur on the thicker skin of the palms or bottom of the feet. Corns form when the pressure point against the skin traces an elliptical or semi-elliptical path during the rubbing motion, the center of which is at the point of pressure, gradually widening. If there is constant stimulation of the tissue producing the corns, even after the corn is surgically removed, the skin may continue to grow as a corn. The hard part at the center of the corn resembles a barley seed, that is like a funnel with a broad raised top and a pointed bottom. Because of their shape, corns intensify the pressure at the tip and can cause deep tissue damage and ulceration.


Corn and callus

DermNet provides Google Translate, a free machine translation service. Note that this may not provide an exact translation in all languages. Corns and calluses are common skin lesions in which there is a localised area of hard, thickened skin. Corns and calluses are caused by response to friction and pressure. Repetitive injury results in the skin trying to protect itself from blistering. The basal epidermal cells keratinocytes increase in number resulting in thicker prickle cell layer and thicker stratum corneum.

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