Corns normally develop over a bony prominence like a toe. Shoes rub excessively over the bony prominence or the underlying bone may press against skin, which is in turn pressed against the shoe. Narrow or tight-fitting shoes can squash the toes, causing pressure and friction on the sides and tops of the toes and they are often extremely painful.

Hard corns are almost always covered by a layer of callus and the compacted centre of the corn is similarly made up of hard, keratinised skin cells.

Corns that occur between the toes are often called “soft corns” as moisture between the toes can macerate the skin and the thickened skin is often white and rubbery.

Read more about why corns develop here.

Treatment corns involves reducing the thickened layers of skin and removing the centre of the corn. Your podiatrist can remove corns painlessly.

Keeping the skin supple can soften the cells, Dr Anders Intensive Rescue Balm contains urea to nourish and break down hardened skin. Read more about Dr Anders Intensive Rescue Balm here.


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