Calluses and Corns

Calluses and corns are thickened areas of skin due to increased localised pressure, friction or wearing ill-fitting shoes like slip-ons and ballet flats. Calluses and corns are not harmful but may lead to ulceration and skin infections; particularly in patients suffering from diabetes or poor circulation.

Foot corns may occur on top of or between toes and at times underneath the foot.

All corns have a central core and can be painful when pressed against nerve endings.

There are different types of corns namely: hard corns, seed corns, soft etc.

Hard Corns

Soft Corns

Seed Corns

  • Most common
  • Usually found within the area of callus/thickened skin.
  • May present due to improper functioning of toes and feet, ill-fitting footwear, reduced fat pad
  • Usually arise in between the toes and appear white/rubbery.
  • Mainly develop due to insufficient drying of the skin
  • Normally painless and present in clumps or singularly, underneath the foot.

Treatment options

  • Debridement of the skin
  • Padding
  • Footwear modification
  • Emollient cream

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