What are Corns?

Similar to calluses, toe corns develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened areas. They contain a cone-shaped core whose point can press on a nerve below, causing pain.

Toe corns are very common, and usually form on the tops, sides and tips of the toes. They can become inflamed due to constant friction and pressure from footwear. Corns that form between the toes are sometimes referred to as soft corns.



The Causes

Some of the common causes of toe corn development include the following:

  • Tight fitting footwear
  • High heeled footwear
  • Tight fitting stockings and socks
  • Deformed toes
  • Foot sliding forward in a shoe that fits too loosely
  • Bony prominences that are located between the toes.


Treatment and Prevention at Foot Solutions

There are simple ways to prevent and treat the development of toe corns.

  • You should wear properly fitted footwear with extra room in the toe box (toe area)
  • Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose
  • Use a shoe insert made with materials that will absorb shock and shear forces
  • Avoid tight socks and stockings to provide a healthier environment for the foot.

Try to steer away from corn removing solutions and medicated pads. These solutions can sometimes increase irritation and discomfort. People living with diabetes and all other individuals with poor circulation should never use any chemical agents to remove corns.

Visit your nearest Foot Solutions store to see our superior range of products, ideal to treat and relieve your toe corns and other foot conditions. Our specialised staff are on hand to offer advice if required.