Corns and Callus


Corns and Callus are thick, layers of hard skin that usually form under the feet, at the sides of the toes or on top the toes. A callus is a more diffused thickening caused by shearing pressure whereas a corn is usually deeper and more focused. A corn is often cone shaped, and can extend deep into the skin. It may also be covered by callus. Corns are most commonly hard, but those that occur between the toes may be kept soft by moisture in the area.


Corns and calluses are caused by excessive pressure and stress on the skin and are the body’s way of naturally protecting us against more serious problems, such as blisters and wounds. So unless the excessive pressure is reduced, corns and calluses will continue to form. This pressure can be due to a number of factors, such as:

  • Improper footwear, especially tight fitting shoes
  • Toe deformities, such as hammer toes – the top of the hammer toe presses against the shoe
  • Bony prominences such as bunions – also pressing against footwear
  • Abnormal gait (walking style) that results in uneven pressure on different parts of the feet.


Our Treatment will include a professional reduction of the callus or corn to relieve pain, followed by customised padding where necessary to temporarily redistribute pressure. Orthotics to wear inside your shoes may be required to provide long term pressure relief. Advice on appropriate footwear will also be offered. Most patients arrive to our clinic in pain and walk out pain free! Podiatrists will painlessly remove any corns and calluses you may have and advise you of the various ways you can prevent or slow their return.