Corns and Callus

Corns and calluses are thick, painful areas of skin on the feet which are often caused by excess pressure or friction. Although they have similarities, corns and calluses are not the same.


A callus is a build up of hard, dead skin which has formed in an area beneath or around the foot. It is pale or deep yellow in colour, and can feel lumpy because of its thickness. As callus contains no nerve endings, it may feel less sensitive when touched. Calluses typically form on the areas of feet that take the pressure when a person is walking.


A corn is also a build up of hard, dead skin, but instead of covering an area or a patch, a corn occurs in a very small, circular point on the foot. A corn actually has the shape of a cone, with the wider cone end on the surface of the foot, and the remainder of the corn deeper in the outer skin layer. Due to this, they can become extremely painful when walked on and are often described as ‘walking on a pebble’ by patients.

There are two primary types of corns:

Hard Corns – tend to occur in bony areas of the feet, or where callus has formed.

Soft Corns – are more likely to form between the toes, where it is moist or sweaty, and are white in colour with a rubbery texture

a Persons heel with cracked skin

Why have I developed a corn or callus?

Corns and callus occur when the skin tries to protect the area beneath from injury, friction, or pressure. If left untreated, they may cause pain and discomfort as they grow. Callus at the heels may result in cracked heels.

Removing corns and callus

If your corn or callus is painful, or you have diabetes or circulatory problems, it’s always best to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can figure out what’s causing the problem.

Our podiatrists at Cartwright Podiatry can painlessly remove your corn and callus so you’ll notice an immediate relief and difference on your feet. We can also discuss and advise on ways to prevent them from coming back.

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