What is the best treatment for corns and calluses?

How to treat corns and calluses

  • Soak the corn or callus in warm water.
  • File the corn or callus with a pumice stone.
  • Be careful not to take off too much skin.
  • Apply moisturizing lotion or cream to the area daily.
  • Use padding.
  • Wear shoes that properly fit.
  • Keep your toenails trimmed.

Are corns and calluses curable?

Most corns and calluses gradually disappear when the friction or pressure stops, although your doctor may shave the top of a callus to reduce the thickness. Properly positioned moleskin pads can help relieve pressure on a corn. Most foot doctors discourage the use of over-the-counter salicylic-acid corn remedies.

How do you treat corns on your feet NHS?


  1. wear thick, cushioned socks.
  2. wear wide, comfortable shoes with a low heel and soft sole that do not rub.
  3. use soft insoles or heel pads in your shoes.
  4. soak corns and calluses in warm water to soften them.
  5. regularly use a pumice stone or foot file to remove hard skin.
  6. moisturise to help keep skin soft.

What is the difference between a corn and a callus on your foot?

Corns, typically small and round, form on top (hard corns), sides (soft corns) and bottom (seed corns) of your toes and foot. Calluses are hard and thick patches of skin. Compared with corns, calluses are larger and have a more irregular (more spread out) shape.

Can a GP remove a corn?

Your doctor can pare down thickened skin or trim a large corn with a scalpel, usually during an office visit. Don’t try this yourself because it could lead to an infection. Callus-removing medication. Your doctor may also apply a patch containing 40 percent salicylic acid (Clear Away, MediPlast,others).

Can a corn be serious?

Corns can be extremely painful and can lead to more serious health problems like infections and serious complications for people with diabetes if left untreated. Anyone can get a corn on the foot, but people who wear ill-fitting shoes regularly are more likely to develop these painful skin lesions.

Do corn removals hurt?

After your corn removal surgery, you may feel throbbing, aching, burning, or even numbness in your foot. Your surgeon may recommend that you elevate your foot above the level of your heart for at least 48 hours after your surgery.

What are corns and calluses and how can I treat them?

There are things you can try to ease them yourself. You mostly get corns and calluses on your feet, toes and hands. Corns are small lumps of hard skin. Calluses are larger patches of rough, thick skin. Corns and calluses can also be tender or painful.

What can a podiatrist do for a corn or callus?

A foot specialist, such as a podiatrist, may be able to offer treatments such as: 1 cutting away the corn or callus 2 patches to help soften the hard skin so it can be removed 3 specially made soft pads or insoles to take pressure off the painful area of your foot

What causes corns on the bottom of your feet?

Corns are small circles of thick skin that usually develop on the tops and sides of toes or on the sole of the foot. However, they can occur anywhere. Corns are often caused by: wearing shoes that fit poorly – shoes that are too loose can allow your foot to slide and rub.

Why do I have calluses on my feet?

Corns and calluses are caused by pressure or rubbing of the skin on the hands or feet. For example, from: wearing high heels, uncomfortable shoes or shoes that are the wrong size. not wearing socks with shoes. lifting heavy weights.