The Foot Practice - Effective Foot Corn Treatment and Prevention

Nov 14, 2023


Welcome to The Foot Practice - your trusted podiatrists specialized in foot care. In this article, we will explore the common foot condition known as foot corns and provide you with valuable insights on how to effectively treat and prevent them. With our expertise and personalized care, you can say goodbye to the discomfort caused by foot corns and maintain healthy, pain-free feet.

Understanding Foot Corns

Foot corns, also known as helomas, are thickened areas of skin that develop on the feet as a result of excessive pressure or friction. They often appear in areas where the bones exert pressure against the skin, such as the tops and sides of the toes, the balls of the feet, and even between the toes. Foot corns can be categorized into two types: hard corns and soft corns.

Hard Corns

Hard corns have a dense core of dead skin and usually develop on the tops or sides of the toes. They are often small and round, with a distinct center that can be hard and dry. Hard corns are commonly caused by ill-fitting footwear, abnormal foot structures, or repetitive actions that put pressure on specific areas of the feet. Although they are not usually painful, they can become uncomfortable if left untreated.

Soft Corns

Soft corns, on the other hand, have a rubbery texture and are commonly found between the toes, especially between the fourth and fifth toes. Unlike hard corns, soft corns are typically white and macerated due to the continuous moisture between the toes. They are often caused by factors such as tight or crowded footwear, poor foot hygiene, or misalignment of the toes. Soft corns are prone to infection and require proper treatment to prevent further complications.

Treating Foot Corns

At The Foot Practice, we understand the discomfort and pain foot corns can cause. Our expert podiatrists are dedicated to providing effective treatments to alleviate your symptoms and support the healing process. Here are some common treatment options for foot corns:

1. Footwear Modification

The first step in treating foot corns is to identify and address the underlying cause. Our podiatrists will assess your footwear and recommend modifications or changes to ensure proper fit and reduce pressure on affected areas. This may involve wearing shoes with a wider toe box, cushioned insoles, or custom orthotics to provide optimal support and alleviate pressure.

2. Corn Pads or Plasters

Using corn pads or plasters can help relieve discomfort caused by foot corns. These protective coverings act as a barrier between the corn and your shoe, reducing friction and pressure. Our podiatrists will ensure the correct placement of these pads to provide maximum relief without further irritation.

3. Debridement

If the foot corn is causing significant pain or discomfort, our podiatrists may recommend debridement. This procedure involves carefully and painlessly removing the layers of dead skin that make up the corn. Debridement is best performed by a trained professional to avoid infection or injury. Once the corn is removed, proper foot care practices will be advised to prevent its recurrence.

4. Moisturizing and Exfoliation

Proper moisturizing and exfoliation techniques can help soften and reduce the thickness of foot corns. Our podiatrists can guide you in selecting appropriate moisturizers and exfoliating tools, ensuring safe usage to avoid any adverse effects. Regular moisturizing can help prevent corns from returning and keep your feet healthy and nourished.

5. Surgical Intervention

In rare cases where conservative treatments fail to provide relief, our podiatrists may recommend surgical intervention. This is typically reserved for severe or recurrent foot corns. Surgical options include permanently removing the corn or correcting any underlying foot deformities contributing to their formation. Our team will carefully evaluate your condition and provide personalized recommendations based on your specific needs.

Preventing Foot Corns

While effective treatment is essential, preventing foot corns from developing in the first place is equally important. Here are some preventive measures to keep your feet corn-free:

1. Well-Fitting Footwear

Choose footwear that offers adequate support and does not squeeze or rub against your feet. Opt for shoes with a wider toe box to allow sufficient space for your toes to move freely without excessive pressure.

2. Regular Foot Hygiene

Maintaining proper foot hygiene is crucial in preventing foot corns. Wash your feet daily with mild soap and warm water, ensuring thorough drying, especially between the toes. Regularly moisturize your feet to keep the skin soft and supple.

3. Protective Measures

If you engage in activities that expose your feet to excessive friction or pressure, consider wearing protective padding or inserts to minimize the impact on vulnerable areas.

4. Regular Podiatric Check-ups

Periodic visits to our experienced podiatrists can help identify any underlying foot conditions or abnormalities that may contribute to the development of foot corns. Early detection and intervention can prevent their occurrence or manage them effectively.


With The Foot Practice, you can trust that your foot corns will receive the highest level of care and expertise. Our experienced podiatrists will provide personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. Say goodbye to foot corns and say hello to healthier, pain-free feet. Contact us today at The Foot Practice and take the first step towards optimal foot health!