Corns and Callus

What is it?

An area of thickened skin formed as a protective response to friction of skin rubbing against a bone, shoe or the ground.

Callus is an extended area of hard skin on the soles of the feet, it is usually a sign that there is an underlying problem such as bone deformity, a particular style of walking or inappropriate footwear. Elderly people are more prone to developing callus because they have less fatty tissue in their skin.

Corns are caused by pressure or friction over bony areas and they have a central core which can cause pain if it presses on a nerve. There are several different types of corn:

  • Hard corns – the most common type, appear as a small area of concentrated hard skin no larger than the size of a pea
  • Soft corns – usually appear between toes where the skin is moist and are white and rubbery in texture
  • Seed corns – tiny, usually painless corns that can occur singly or in clusters on the bottom of the foot 
  • Vascular corns – can be very painful and bleed when cut
  • Fibrous corns – these arise when corns have been present for an extended period of time and have become attached to deeper fibres


Please make an appointment and visit us at Boston Spa Chiropody Practice where you will have your feet fully assessed and treatment will be carried out for long term relief.

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