The PODdoctors with Dr. Dauphinee and Dr. Hussain

The PODdoctors: Corns and Calluses

February 10, 2021

In this episode of The Pod Doctors podcast, Dr. Damien Dauphinee, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, and Dr. Raafae Hussain, fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon, talk about one of the most common (and annoying) skin lesions they see in patients: corns and calluses. They discuss what these skin lesions are and how some could be caused by an underlying bone problem. They also share how they treat them and suggest some ways to treat them at home.


“And people, I think, have the misunderstanding that you get rid of it once that it’s gone. And you brought up the fact that no, it’s a mechanical problem here. It’s going to keep coming back and you don’t want something like that on your skin in perpetuity. You want to make sure that you’re doing it for a short period of time.” - Dr. Damien Dauphinee [10:27]


“You’ve got to always wear your orthotics if they’re being used to offload certain areas, no matter what you’re doing.” - Dr. Raafae Hussain [20:03]


Top Takeaways:

  • The difference between a corn, a callus and a wart
  • What is the core of corns and calluses
  • Treatment options
  • Why it’s important to always wear your orthotics shoes


What You Will Learn:

  • [00:39] Intro
  • [04:24] Corn vs callus vs wart
  • [07:42] If a callus protect the skin
  • [08:23] Things people can use to treat at home
  • [10:47] Other treatment options
  • [15:43] The core of corns and calluses
  • [19:05] The importance of wearing orthotics shoes
  • [21:30] How they treat it topically



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Book Mentioned: Saving Limbs, Saving Lives: Advanced Treatments for Preventing Amputations in Diabetic Populations by Dr. Damien Dauphinee

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