What to Do When You Have a Corn on Your Foot

Corns are like calluses in that they develop from friction on the skin. They are hard, thick patches of skin that usually occur on the feet. Though corns are not serious, they can become irritated and painful. Different types of corns can develop on the feet – hard (the most common), soft, and seed corns. Hard corns are hard, as the name implies, and usually occur on wider areas of thick skin. Soft corns are more likely to be rubbery in texture, are white or gray in color, and are more apt to develop between toes. Seed corns are usually found on the bottom of the foot. Each of these types of corns can hurt as they thicken. Treatment for corns is often as simple as eliminating the source of friction that caused them in the first place. Make sure shoes and socks fit well and are not too loose or tight, trim toenails regularly so they do not push toes up against shoes and moisturize feet to prevent dry skin. If a corn develops, corn pads help to protect from irritation at its site. If a corn is unusually painful, does not go away, or seems infected, or if you have another physical condition that can lead to a greater problem (such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease), a visit to a podiatrist is suggested for proper evaluation and treatment.


If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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