What are they?

Is the thickening of dry/hard skin in a particular area. This is the body’s response to an excessive amount of force being placed upon the skin. This force can be due to either direct pressure or friction. It is often a combination of both from ill-fitting footwear or poor foot function. Callus is a flat thickening of the outer layer of skin, however when the pressure is too great then a corn is created. A corn is an inverted cone of hard skin with the point facing into the skin. People often describe it as if someone is driving a nail into their skin.

How is it treated?

Both Callus and Corns are debrided by the podiatrist with a scalpel. This is a painless procedure and yes you can walk out of the clinic after the appointment. People often describe it as floating on air when leaving the clinic. After the problem has been resolved the podiatrist will work with the patient on establishing the cause to prevent the re-occurrence of this problem.

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  • What is Callus?
    Callus (also known as hyperkeratosis) usually presents as a yellowish growth of skin on areas of the foot where there is increased pressure and loading on the one spot.  Common places fro callus to form includes the heels, the big toes and along the ball of the foot.
  • What is a Corn?
    Corns occur due to increased pressure, however they are present as a conical structure of callus that can be quite deep and painful. They can happen anywhere on the feet, however, corns are most common on the toes or the ball of the foot, often due to the structure of the feet or the footwear that is too tight.
  • How do you get Corns/Callus?
    Callus and corns are caused by excessive pressure placed on a particular area of the skin. It is essentially the skin's way of protecting itself from direct pressure or friction, which may be caused by poor foot function or ill-fitting footwear.
  • How does a Podiatrist treat Corns & Callus?
    Podiatrists are able to effectively treat and prevent callus and corn formation via a variety of methods. We use a scalpel to debride/remove the corns and callus. We also often use a different offloading device, such as felt padding, orthotics, silicone devices, toes props and other handy devices to redistribute pressure away from the area.
  • How long does it take to treat Corns & Callus?
    This will depend on how long the callus and/or corn has been present, where it is located, and why it is present. Some patients may need to be seen every 6-10 weeks for treatment, whilst others are able to go months without needing treatment.
  • Can I treat Callus and/or Corns myself?
    We recommend trying to avoid treating corns and calluses yourself until your feet have been assessed by a podiatrist. We may be able to advise on safe at home treatments for you once we have thoroughly assessed your feet.