Corns and Callus

Corns and callus are one of the commonest foot complaints. Both are caused by rubbing, pressure or friction from ill-fitting shoes. They can also be caused by poor biomechanics. To treat corns and callus, first soak your feet in some warm, soapy water for 10 minutes.

Dry thoroughly and then use a good quality foot file or a pumice stone. Do not over-rub, or you can make the feet tender. Finish by applying a good quality moisturising foot cream. Do not use acid based preparations for removing hard skin and corns, as these rely on burning the skin off, and can move whilst being worn, leading to damage of normal skin.

In addition, do not be tempted to use sharp bladed implements; if the skin is sufficiently thick to warrant using a knife to remove it, visit the podiatrist who will remove it safely for you.