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A callus or corn is a build up of skin that forms at points of pressure or over bony prominences. Generally, calluses form on the bottom of the foot, whereas corns form on the toes.


  • 65 out of 1,000 people are afflicted with calluses or corns
  • 37 out of 1,000 males are afflicted
  • 91 out of 1,000 females are afflicted


  • Repeated friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe or from an ill-fitting shoe
  • Clawing of the toes inside a shoe due to biomechanical imbalances
  • Heredity disorders


  • Wear supportive shoes with a wide toe box and a low heel.
  • Use over-the-counter creams, avoiding any acid preparations.
  • Use pumice stone or file to treat if not diabetic.

WHAT CAN A Foot Health Practitioner DO FOR YOU?

  • Suggest that you request that your Doctor refers you for anX-ray, bone scan, CT, MRI or other imaging studies, if needed. 
  • Perform trimming or padding of the lesions to relieve pain.
  • Recommend an over-the-counter arch support or prescribe custom orthoses.
  • Perform debridement if necessary.

Contact Us

mapTrekeek Foot Health Clinic, Trekeek Farm, Camelford, Cornwall, PL32 9UB

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