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.

Calluses and Corns

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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