What are Corns?

These are hardened layers of dead skin that occurs due to repeated friction and pressure on the skin. They are usually found on the pressure bearing areas of palms and soles .

Signs and Symptoms

  • Rough and thick yellow areas of lumpy skin.
  • Pain on pressing the lesion.
  • Pain while walking.

The center portion of the corn is hard, which is similar to a barley seed. In other words, it looks like a funnel with a wide raised top and a bottom that is pointed.


The major causes of corn includes the following:

  • Wearing ill fitting footwear.
  • Prolong to standing or walking.
  • Improper gait.


Corn can be easily treated once the right diagnosis is made.

Some of them are:

  • Filing of Corn:
    The treatment procedure includes the following:
    • Soaking the feet in Epsom salts.
    • Pat dry the feet with a clean towel and Moisturize adequately.
    • This process is continued till the corn has softened.
    • Once the corn is softened and not paining, rub the corn gently with a pumice stone.
    • But if the corn is between the toes, it’s best to use an emery board or a nail file to rub them.
    • These steps have to be repeated till the corn is removed completely that usually takes a few weeks.

Only problem with the self treatment is that, you might mistake another kind of skin growth for a corn.

Consult a professional/Dermatologist for further softening of corn and for hassle free removal.

  • Surgery:
    The procedure is performed after injecting anesthetic solution to the lesion for painless & effective removal.

Prevention Of Corn

Some of the recommended ways to prevent corn are:

  • Wearing comfortable footwear.
  • Opt for socks that are thick at toe region.
  • Cover the tops and the sides of the toes with breathable bandages, if you are prone to corn.
  • Always keep the toenails trimmed, as long toenails can cause the toes to take up abnormal positions.

Consult Dr.Anjana Mohan @ Skinsecrets  – 75609 07255, 70250 66555

Authored By: Dr.Anjana Mohan

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