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Corns usually form on the feet in areas subject to increased pressure and friction.  They are commonly found on the tops and sides of toes where joints are prominent and footwear is rubbing; or under the feet where a loss of fatty padding (which often happens as we get older) causes the soles of the feet to feel more bony.

Corns are small focal areas of hard dead skin which, unlike callus (which is generally spread over a larger area), grow to a point in the tissues causing pain. People with corns often describe the discomfort as being similar to that of having a stone in their shoe.

Corns can be avoided by making sure that shoes fit well.  There should be adequate room in the shoe to ensure that pressure is not placed on prominent areas but not that much room that the feet slide around increasing friction.

If you have a corn seek assistance from an HCPC Registered Chiropodist who will remove the corn for you and provide advice on how best to prevent or slow future recurrence.


Corn plasters which contain salicylic acid are damaging not only to the corn but also to areas of surrounding skin.  Corns are generally so small that far more problems are caused by using these plasters than are resolved.

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