Corns On Feet

Corns and calluses are painful skin growths that form when the body is trying to protect the skin or underlying area where friction or rubbing occurs. It is common for patients to confuse calluses and corns. Calluses are thick and form in a localized area that usually have a conical or circular shape. Corns are often described to appear translucent, dry, and waxy with more prominent margin lines than a callus. Corns and calluses typically occur on parts of the feet and can be painful to walk on.

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  • On the sole, over the metatarsal arch (the “ball” of the foot)
  • On the outside of the fifth (small or “pinky”) toe, where it rubs against the shoe
  • Between the first and second toes
  • Between the fourth and fifth toes

Why Do Corns Develop?

Corns develop due to hyperkeratosis. Hyperkeratosis simply means thickening of the skin. Abnormal anatomy of the feet or other toe deformities, as well as tight footwear can lead to corn or callus formation. They can also form due to abnormalities of movement, such as dancing and sports, that result in increased pressure to specific areas.

How Are Corns On Feet Prevented?

In many situations, calluses and corns can be prevented by reducing or eliminating the circumstances that lead to increased pressure at certain points on the feet. Potential preventive measures include:

  • Wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes
  • Pad the potentially affected area

Corn Treatment

At Utah Valley Dermatology, Dr. David Myers provides corn treatment for corns on feet by paring down the rough skin to smooth it. In some cases, certain creams can be prescribed to help heal the corns on your feet. Dr. David Myers cautions patients to never attempt to cut or shave away corns and calluses at home. This can lead to potentially dangerous infection of the surrounding tissues.

In some cases a corn or callus is a direct result of a bone spur (bony projections off the side of a bone). These can sometimes be smoothed down during a 15 minute minimal incision (no stitches needed) office procedure.

If you have questions concerning Corns, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.


Dr. David Myers

Dr. David Myers is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. His expertise and attention to detail make him a trusted doctor in his community.

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