What Are Corns & Calluses?












What is a callus?

Calluses are a normal thickening of the skin of the foot in response to generalised pressure on the skin. If they are not uncomfortable they are best left alone as they do offer some protection. Gentle filing of any rough areas and regular application of a foot moisturising cream can help to keep the skin smooth. If uncomfortable or painful you can book a routine appointment with me to have them removed.

What is a corn?

Corns are a very localised thickening of the skin on the foot, often on the plantar, or bottom, surface of the foot. They form a small hard lump like a stone which digs into the soft tissues when pressure is applied, often causing significant pain and limiting weight bearing activity. They can be caused by tight shoes, bone spurs under the skin, or high peak pressure in an area of the foot due to altered biomechanics in walking. They usually cannot be filed away as they are beneath the skin. Fortunately they can be painlessly removed by me during a routine foot care appointment.

If they are persistent, corns can often be prevented from coming back by changing footwear or by wearing a specialised orthotic insole inside the shoe designed to offload the high pressure area.

How can I help?

At a routine foot care appointment, or 'foot MOT' I will painlessly remove any calluses or corns that are bothering you, trim your toenails if needed, apply a foot moisturing cream and advise you how to care for your feet on a daily basis.

Click here to learn more about how orthotics can help with preventing painful corns and calluses

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