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Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are formed by your body to protect sensitive skin. Corns and calluses are often confused with one another.
Corns generally occur on the tops and sides of the feet. A hard corn is a small patch of thickened, deadskin with a central core. A seed corn is a tiny, discrete callous that can be very tender if it's on a weight-bearing part of the foot. Seed corns tend to occur on the bottom of the feet, and some doctors believe this condition is caused by clogged sweat ducts.
Calluses can develop on hands, feet, or anywhere there is repeated friction -- even on a violinist's chin. Like corns, calluses have several variants. The common callus usually occurs when there's been a lot of rubbing against the hands or feet. A plantar callus is found on the bottom of the foot.