Corns will often develop on the tops of your toes and on the ball of your foot. Callus will normally develop first and if the pressure continues a hard compacted core of keratinised cells will form, which can press on the nerve endings and be very painful.

Corns, like callus, form as a result of excessive pressure, shearing stress, and frictional forces from poorly fitting footwear.

When your shoes rub your toes or the ball of your foot, your bones are pushed against the skin, which is then pressed against your shoes. Narrow or tight-fitting shoes can squash the toes, causing pressure and friction on the sides and tops of the toes. Corns may also develop in between the toes if the toes are squeezed together.


Women are most likely to develop corns as many fashionable shoes can be uncomfortable.

Read more about how to treat corns here.

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