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A callous is a build up of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot. They can be found on the ball of the foot, the heel and under or between the toes. Calluses form to protect the foot against excessive pressure and friction.


A corn is an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot forming thick, hardened areas on the top, bottom, sides, tips or between the toes. They contain a cone-shaped core so the point can press on a nerve causing pain.


Callouses and Corns develop due to excessive pressure at a specific area of the foot. Some common causes are high heeled dress shoes, and shoes that are too small causing abnormalities in the gait cycle (walking motion), bony prominences, and the loss of the fat pad on the bottom of the feet, toe deformities such as claw/hammer toes and poor foot function such as flat or high arched feet.


Our podiatrists will assess your foot and identify the site of any corn and surrounding callus. A treatment plan aimed at the removal of the corn and callus will be implemented and the underlying cause of the formation of the corn will also be identified and addressed. Treatment includes regular footcare, improved footwear, toe splints to correct position and deflect pressure, foot orthoses or pads. Some cases may also benefit from minor surgery to correct the cause ie: toe deformities.

Contact us for more information on corns and callus or make an appointment to see us in person.


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