What are Corns?

Corns are small, circular areas of thickened skin that develop due to friction or pressure on the skin, commonly found on the feet and toes. They often have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin.

What are the signs and symptoms of Corns?

  • A thick, rough area of skin
  • A hardened, raised bump
  • Tenderness or pain under the skin
  • Flaky, dry, or waxy skin

Corns FAQ

Corns are typically caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes that create excessive pressure and friction on the foot, deformities of the feet such as hammertoes, and walking or standing for prolonged periods.

No, while both are thickened skin caused by friction and pressure, corns are smaller, harder, and usually more painful than calluses and have a central core. Calluses typically develop on the soles of the feet whereas corns can occur on the toes or between the toes.

Preventing corns involves wearing well-fitting, comfortable shoes with adequate room for the toes, using protective pads in areas of friction, and regularly moisturizing and exfoliating the feet to reduce skin thickening.

Treatment may include changing footwear, using protective pads or cushions, trimming away excess skin (by a healthcare provider), and, in some cases, surgery to correct foot deformities causing the friction.

If left untreated, corns can become infected or lead to ulcers, especially in individuals with diabetes or poor circulation. It’s essential to manage them properly and monitor for signs of complications.

Consult a healthcare provider if corns become very painful, if you suspect an infection (redness, pus), or if you have diabetes or poor circulation and develop corns.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.