Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses on the feet can be extremely painful and are caused by excessive pressure or friction (rubbing) of the skin which changes the way skin cells grow and results in the thickening of the outer layers of the skin.

Corns and calluses can be painlessly removed and advice can be given to prevent further recurrences.

“After treatment you will feel like you are walking on air”

A corn is a small area of skin which has become thickened due to pressure on it, they are often very painful. A corn is normally round in shape and presses into the deeper layers of the skin. There are two types of corns, hard and soft. Hard corns form on the tops of the toes or over any bony areas. Soft corns form in between the toes and are equally painful. Callus tends to be larger, broader and has less defined edges than a corn. They commonly form on the underside of the foot and over bony areas.

Common corn/ callus causes

  • Abnormal walking patterns
  • Tight or poor fitting shoes.
  • Deformities of the feet such as hammer or claw toes, which lead to the skin rubbing more easily inside shoes.
  • Excessive running or walking

The practice staff are currently being trained to provide alcohol injections (Ref Dockery) which have been shown to significantly reduce or clear corns.

COVID-19 Patient Statement Updated: 24th March 2020

As a medical facility, we are able to continue to offer our service. However, we must ask that you really consider whether it is essential that you come in for your appointment.

From the 18th of May we will be increasing our appointment capacity at both the Cannock Practice and the Burntwood practice. Initially, Cannock will be open all day Tuesday and Thursday. Burntwood will be open all day Wednesday. If you feel you do need to attend, please leave your name and telephone number on our answerphone service, and somebody will call you back.

We are taking extra measures to reduce risk to both our staff and patients, and appreciate your co-operation. You will be advised on these when we book your appointment.

Please do not attend, if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 ie. High temperature (38˚C) or new persistent cough 

Our position remains subject to advice from the Government and our governing body, The College of Podiatry.