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HEALTH: ENJOYING THE SUMMER DESPITE CORNS AND CALLUSES. Dr. Joshua Fox, leading dermatologist in the New York area, and founder and president of New Age Research Foundation: “Nearly 10 percent of American women and 5 percent of the population as a whole suffer from unsightly, often painful corns and calluses that make their feet best suited for boots and other winter shoe styles. But by taking care of these problems now, women and men can enjoy the summer in sandals or their bare feet. Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure on the feet, either from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or from conditions such as arthritis, trauma, bunions or various deformities. While most corns and calluses are unsightly, only some cause pain. If you are in good health, you don’t have to see a professional for corns and calluses unless they hurt or bother your walking. But if you don’t like the way your feet look, are having pain or have certain medical conditions — including diabetes, poor circulation or numbness in the feet — it’s important that you see a doctor or podiatrist who can evaluate the problem and help you remove the corns and calluses.”

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