Why do we get Callus and Corns?


Feet are amazing! They support our body weight during all the activities we do.  Often without complaint.

Many people develop corns and callus. It is the way our body protects our feet from the pressures of load. Going around barefooted a lot can be a main driver of foot corns an callus.

Causes of Callus and  Corns.

  • Going barefooted. 

  • Wearing flat shoes that lack support and  without heel counters ( cups).

  • Heavy body weight.

  • Smoking is linked to chronic corns.

  • Medical conditions such as psoriasis and thyroid conditions can worsen foot callus.

  • Excessively dry skin 

  • Jobs where you have to standing or walk a lot.

  • High arched or more rigid foot types commonly get heel and ball corns and callus.

  • Flat or flexible (hypermobile) foot types.

How would a podiatrist treat my callus and corns?

  • We debride corns and callus using a scalpel blade. Don't worry this does not hurt. Soaking feet prior to debridement will soften the callus and make it easier to remove.

  • Foot wear with shock absorbing soles, midfoot support and firm heel counter will help reducing foot callus.

  • Advise on the use of moisturiser  or  heel balm can help.

  • Advise on avoiding going barefooted or wearing thongs.

  • Certain foot types are predisposed to heel callus and corns. Treatment of this can alleviate the problem.

  • High arched feet commonly have ball of foot callus and corns.

  • Flat feet commonly have diffuse callous all over the foot.

Please phone if you would like professional advice about how to treat your foot callus.

Callus and Corn Removal