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. For the majority of people, a foot problem can wait.

Over the next 3 weeks, we will be offering a reduced service for essential care only. We will be contacting all of our patients to assess whether they really need to be seen, if they haven’t already made the decision to cancel. If somebody does need to come in for care, we will have extended appointment slots to limit contact with other patients in our waiting area. We would ask that you come into the practice alone wherever possible.

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

We will review this situation and be back in touch with our patients as and when anything changes.

We hope you all stay safe and well.