Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist) Questions Corns and Calluses

How can I prevent corn in my feet from happening again?

I keep having repeated episodes of corns in my feet. They are very painful, and are usually at the same spot. How can I prevent it?

8 Answers

You can prevent it by using offloading pad around the corn area, orthotics, shoe modifications, or surgical correction of your foot deformities.
You should have an X-ray to make sure there is no bony prominence causing the growth, which is usually the case. Make sure to wear wide shoes.
Corns are pressure lesions on the toes caused by pressure on the skin from a bone pinching the skin from the shoe, another bone, or the floor. Larger, wider shoes will be the initial treatment unless the bone is pinching skin against the floor, in which case the toe needs to be lifted off the floor or straightened. If removing the tight or short shoe is unsuccessful, then straightening the toe or remodeling the bone surgically in most cases will relieve the problem unless the shoe is still too tight.

Jan David Tepper, DPM
Skin calluses and corns can be caused for many reasons. The most common reason is repetitive friction or irritation of the skin with underlying bone prominence causing local impingement. The skin's reaction is to thicken and protect the area forming this organized corn or callus. The most effective treatment is to relieve the overlying pressure to include modification of shoes with larger toe box, digital pads and periodic reduction with some type of callus stone or pumice stone. Other reasons for corns and calluses can include dermatologic disorders that may be hereditary as well as infectious processes such as plantars warts. If these lesions become painful and persistent and are not simply a concern for aesthetic reasons, it would be appropriate to consult a medical specialist such as a podiatrist or dermatologist.
Wearing the correct type of shoe to reduce pressure on the toes where a corn is developing is the easiest way to prevent corns from occurring. If this does not work, sometimes surgery is needed to repair the contracted toe.

Jonathan M. Kletz, DPM
Corns are usually caused by bone and/or joint disorders. An X-ray is most likely needed.
Corns are typically a normal skin adaptation to friction or pressure. This could be due to your gait pattern, type of shoe gear, or bone structure. In addition, plantar warts and porokeratoses look very similar to corns and could be the causative agent. You should visit a podiatrist for evaluation.
Hello, corns are a condition that occurs due to musculoskeletal abnormalities and ill fitting shoe gear. Hammertoes and shoes with narrow toe boxes exasperate the condition. While you can never guarantee the corns will not come back beacause of the structural deformity in the toes, ways to help keep them from coming back as fast are routine debridements by a physician, toe spacers, toe gel sleeves, keratolytic creams and shoes with a wide to box. These are conservative treatments for corns but they do not address the structural condtion ie the reason you are getting the corns. Thanks for your question and have a great day.