Corns and Callus

Corns, Calluses – or callosities, are thickened parts of the skin that develop due to excessive friction/pressure. It is a defensive mechanism where the skin attempts to protect itself from injury. Though not harmful, they can cause irritation and discomfort for many, and corns and calluses can develop in extreme cases, commonly on feet, and their soles.


A Corn and Callus – What is the Difference?

A callus is the thickened area due to pressure, usually yellow or white in colour. They usually cover entire areas of the foot, mainly the heels, and make the skin less susceptible to sensitivity.


A corn is compact, focused, and develops in a very small area, hence the name. While calluses are uncomfortable, corns tend to be downright painful when pressed. They form between toes, where moistness and sweat in the skin come together.



  • Flat feet, toe deformities, and bunions.
  • High pressure applies in bony areas.
  • Unsuitable footwear.



  • Dry or waxy skin.
  • Discomfort and irritation when walking.
  • A mass of hard skin, typically raised.


When to get it Treated

The best method of treating corns and calluses is to see a podiatrist, especially when they become painful.

  • If callus/corn is painful.
  • Inflammation of the skin due to irritation.
  • Difficulty in walking.
  • Patients with diabetes, nerve problems, and immunosuppressive medication should see a podiatrist regularly.


How Happy Feet Happy Mind Ltd Can Help You

  • Enucleate corns
  • Debride calluses.
  • Use padding and cushioning to protect pressure areas.
  • Design custom insoles to protect pressure areas.
  • Offer advice for foot care.