Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist) Questions Corns and Calluses

I have a corn in my foot. Can corn cap remove that?

I have a corn in my foot just below the thumb of my foot. Can I use a corn cap to remove it or will it have to be removed surgically?

14 Answers

A corn in this area is typically due to pressure as you are walking. You can try an offloading pad to decrease the pressure in the area. Some modifications can be made with the inserts to also help with this offloading of pressure.
Corn is a small circular thickened lesion in the skin of the foot. It usually forms due to repeated pressure on the skin, such as the rubbing of a shoe. The name “corn” comes from its resemblance to a kernel of corn. Corn is different from a callus in that it has a central core of hard material.

People with foot deformities, such as hammertoes, often suffer from corns because the tops of the bent toes rub against the tops of shoes.

There are a number of treatment options for corns. When corns get hard enough to cause pain, a foot and ankle surgeon will recommend the treatment option most appropriate for you. However, if the underlying cause of the corn is not treated or removed, the corn may return. It is important to avoid trying to remove corn at home or using medicated corn pads, as serious infection may occur.
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I would make an appointment because corns are usually the result of too much pressure on a certain area, bone spur, of bone problem, i.e., bunion, hammertoes. Usually, they can be removed non-surgically with topical medication that can help get to the root. Sometimes the corns are like an ice cream cone and take several treatments to take it out in its entirety.
A corn represents an area of thickened skin overlying areas of bone prominence. Generally speaking corns are utilized to describe this thickened tissue on the tops of our digits. This is in contrast to what we refer to similar type skin hypertrophy on the bottom of the foot where we describe these as calluses. This is a benign presentation typically and does result from focal irritation of normal skin from the underlying bone prominence and overlying foot wear or weightbearing surface. The most appropriate treatment is to relieve pressure from the skin. This can be done externally with digital padding or modification of foot wear to minimize the local irritation commonly with a larger toe box shoe. There are available over-the-counter acids that can help reduce the keratotic buildup but these should be used with caution and should never be used if you are a diabetic or suffer from peripheral vascular disease or poor sensation to the feet. If the condition does not respond to concerted conservative management then correction of skeletal deformity such as hammertoes through surgical means may be warranted to relieve the problem and prevent recurrence. This should only be considered if appropriate conservative management has been attempted.
That's an unusual place for a corn and they are often misdiagnosed. For a first-time problem, it should be evaluated and you will be given treatment options.
I assume you mean the big toe. Yes, it could be removed by a podiatrist in an office setting. Most importantly however, it is advisable to ascertain the cause of the problem such as pressure of the bone in that location.
Visiting your podiatrist will do a better job than a chemical application that can lead to a chemical burn/infection.
The corn removers can be used but I would be careful. If they are used too long then can eat a hole in your skin. The callus can be shaved down by a podiatrist. Surgery is not required.
A corn cap will probably remove the corn, but only temporarily, as corns are usually due to underlying pressure from an enlarged or out of place bone. You would need surgery for a permanent correction; but in any case, you should see a podiatrist to make sure it is a "true" corn and not a wart.
A corn cap can reduce pressure on toe, but will not remove corn. Surgery is usually required.


I'd really need to see it to provide best advice. However, corn pads can relieve pressure on skin and reduce corn/callous development.
If your "corn cap" has salicylic acid in it it can remove the top layers of the corn to relieve pressure and make it feel better. However that said corns are generally caused by structural or functional abnormalities and need to be addressed this corn cap will generally relieve pain temporarily but it will recur based on the mechanical abnormalities that are most likely associated with it and the only cure may be potential for surgery. Further evaluation may be necessary if the "corn" reoccurs.
Hello and thank you for the question. In my experience in treating plantar foot lesions on the foot, they typically do not go away with over the counter treatment. There is an in office procedure to remove the skin lesion that requires local anesthesia. With that said, i have good results treating skin lesions with debridements that do not require anesthesia and salicylic acid treatments. I would have to examine your particular lesion to assess it more accurately. If you have additional questions please feel free to call the office during normal buisness hours. Thank you for your inquiry.