Calluses and Corns

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calluses and corns on feet

Calluses and Corns

What is a callus?

A callus is a region of thickened skin, which can be small or quite widespread. A callus will generally cause little to no discomfort, but the location and amount of time the callus has been there will influence this.

What is a corn?

A corn is a localised, deep region of thickened skin. It usually develops underneath a callus and is more painful than a callus. Corns on the toes and underneath the ball of the foot can be particularly problematic. Ouch!

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woman removing callus

What causes calluses and corns?

Calluses and corns develop in areas where there is excessive pressure and friction being applied to the skin. Common causes include:

  • Wearing socks or shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Thin/fragile and dry skin
  • Foot deformities (e.g. bunions, hammer toes)
  • Feet that are very flat or high in the arch region
  • Feet that roll in or out too much
  • Medical conditions
  • Smoking

Treatment for calluses and corns

Our expert podiatrists can gently remove calluses and corns to have you feeling much better in no time. We may also:

  • Recommend regular maintenance to keep you pain-free
  • Check and advise you on the fit of your shoes
  • Give you a toe protector or separator to prevent a recurrence
  • Use a pad to reduce pressure/friction
  • Give you orthotics to improve your foot function and reduce pressure/friction
  • Recommend consulting a surgeon about a contributory foot deformity