What is a callus?

Callus are large dense, hardened patches of skin that have formed due to constant strain, pressure, irritation, or agitation. Callus typically form on the sides and soles of the feet, can cause a tremendous amount of foot pain & discomfort, and they’re not often serious. However if left untreated, they can result in serious problems such as breakdown of the skin and ulcers.

Important

If you have diabetes, heart disease, a reduced immune system or problems with your circulation, do not try to treat corns or callus yourself. These conditions can make foot problems more serious and you should always seek help from your foot specialist to treat any foot related problems.

What are Corns?

There are different types of corns that can build up in between and on the toes and on the sole of the foot, such as..

  • Hard corn (Heloma Durum)
  • Soft corn (Heloma Molle)
  • Seed corn (Heloma Milliare)
  • Vascular / neurovascular corn
  • Fibrous corn

As with callus, if you have diabetes, heart disease, poor circulation or a reduced immune system, seek help from your foot specialist to remove and treat your corns.

We strongly advise NOT to use corn plasters, as these typically contain salicylic acid and will eat away at the healthy skin around the corn. This can result in ulceration and scar tissue forming, making the problem much worse. 

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Causes

Corns and callus are caused largely by the same things, including:

  • Abnormal walking tendencies/abnormal foot architecture or structures
  • Shoes that don’t fit well
  • Not wearing socks with shoes, boots, sandals etc.
  • Constant stress/rubbing on a certain area of the foot

Symptoms & Identification

Corns and calluses can be identified by these common symptoms:

  1. Dense bumps/patches on the skin
  2. Tenderness/burning around raised portions of skin
  3. Hurtful upon touch and pressure
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