Corns & Calluses

A callus or corn is thickening of the skin due to repeated pressure or friction. The skin thickens in response to the pressure; this is your body’s way of protecting the underlying tissue. Calluses usually present on the bottom of the foot and corns will form over the “knuckle” or joints of the toes.

  • Build-up of hard skin usually on the heel, ball of the foot or the underside of the big toe
  • Pain on walking that is somewhat relieved by resting
  • If the callus discomfort is described as “sharp” or “shooting pain”, there may be nerve involvement, and you should seek medical attention
  • On-going friction or pressure
  • Incorrect footwear (high-heeled shoes)
  • An altered walking
  • Flat or high arch feet
  • Obesity
  • Heredity
  • Loss of the fatty pad on the ball of the foot
  • Use a foot file to help reduce the build-up
  • Proper fitting footwear
  • Non-medicated corn pads to protect the area
  • Regular moisturizers
  • Do not soften the callus by soaking and trying to remove when soft

Clients with diabetes or poor circulations are encouraged to seek professional help.

While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, it is provided for information purposes only. Neither the MAFCN not its members are responsible or liable for any claim or personal injury, which may occur as a result of using this information. Any reliance on the information is solely at the users own risk. It is not the intention of the MAFCN or its member’s to provide specific medical advice but rather to provide users with information to better understand their foot problems. It you have a foot problem please contact a medical professional.