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Your Thickened Skin on the Foot May Also be Known as:
Callus
Corn
Foot callus
Foot corn
Thick patch of skin on my foot
Thickened skin on my foot

Top 4 Thickened Skin on the Foot Causes

  1. 1.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of contact with the substance.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    foot pain, foot redness, thickened skin on the foot, rough skin on the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    foot redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Plantar Wart

    Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet. They can be very painful. Many of them on the foot may cause problems walking or running. Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), and can be picked up by walking barefoot in public places, especially pools.

    Usually warts go away on their own. You can use over the counter medication to treat them. If they don't go away, you can visit your PCP or a walk in clinic to get them treated with salicylic acid and freezing with liquid nitrogen.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the sole of the foot, thickened skin on the foot, thickened skin on the foot without visible lines, skin thickening resembling a plantar wart, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with plantar wart:
    skin thickening resembling a plantar wart, thickened skin on the foot, thickened skin on the foot without visible lines
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Callus

    A callus is a hard, thick layer of skin that develops when the skin experiences lots of friction and pressure. A callus may cause discomfort, but is of no big concern.

    Callus doesn't need any specific treatment. If it bothers you, you can trim away excess skin, and using shoe inserts to reduce friction and pressure to prevent the callus from coming back.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thickened skin on the foot with visible lines, thickened skin on the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with callus:
    thickened skin on the foot with visible lines
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Acromegaly

    Acromegaly is an uncommon condition where the body makes too much growth hormone, which is a hormone made by the pituitary gland that stimulates growth and repair of various body tissues. In most cases the excess hormone comes from a small non-cancerous growth in the pituitary gland.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Acromegaly is usually treated by surgical removal of the abnormal growth in the pituitary gland.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, joint pain, weight gain, vision changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Thickened Skin on the Foot

  • Q.How long have you had this thickened skin?
  • Q.Do the skin's natural lines go through the thickened skin?
  • Q.If you have tried to scrape off the thickened area, are there small black dots in the patch?
  • Q.Have you had a wart in the past?

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Thickened Skin on the Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced thickened skin on the foot have also experienced:

    • 22% Foot Pain
    • 11% Big Toe Pain
    • 11% Swollen Foot
  • People who have experienced thickened skin on the foot had symptoms persist for:

    • 55% Over a Month
    • 13% Two Weeks to a Month
    • 11% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced thickened skin on the foot were most often matched with:

    • 26% Callus
    • 10% Plantar Wart
    • 5% Irritant Contact Dermatitis

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