Common Foot Conditions Explained: Corns & Callus

Here at Footpoint Podiatry, corn and callus are two of the most common foot condition complaints that we treat daily in the clinic.

Callus and corns are generally the result of high pressure areas underneath our feet when standing or from footwear rubbing against our feet. The body will respond to this increased pressure or friction by producing thickenings of hard skin. Corns and callus are most commonly found on the balls of the feet, heels, tops of the toes and even along nail edges.

It is important that you don’t try to remove the corn or callus yourself at home. It is easy to cut yourself whilst trying to completely remove the whole lesion, and risk getting a wound and infection. We advise having a consult for treatment where a member of The Footpoint Podiatry team will remove you corns and /or callus and then discuss some management methods for you to use at home. Dependent on the type of corn and callus, and it’s position, we may recommend pumice stones or foot files for self-management at home.

Over the counter treatments such as corn plasters and pads generally only treat symptoms and not the underlying problem. If the main causative factor is biomechanical abnormalities or deformities affecting the way you walk, then a comprehensive clinical assessment and management plan from one of our trained podiatrists may be beneficial to you.

Your podiatrist will not only recommend ways to relieve pain and remove the callus/corn, but can also help with decreasing the severity and likelihood of the problem persisting. Our management plan at Footpoint Podiatry usually involves a mix of safely removing any callus and corns, applying soft padding/deflective materials to footwear, silicone/foam toe props, footwear advice, encouraging the use of an emollient and custom orthotics to redistribute pressure as required.

If you or someone you know is suffering with a callus or corn, contact the Footpoint Podiatry Team today.