Corn Feet - Causes, Symptoms, and Effective Treatment

Nov 20, 2023


Welcome to The Foot Practice, your trusted destination for exceptional foot care services. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions for a wide range of foot conditions, including corn feet. In this article, we will address the causes, symptoms, and effective treatment options for corn feet, offering valuable insights to help you regain comfort and improve your overall foot health.

Understanding Corn Feet

Corn feet, also known as corns, are localized, thickened areas of skin that commonly develop on the feet due to friction or pressure. They are often round or cone-shaped, with a hard center and a surrounding area of inflamed skin. Corn feet are a result of the skin's protective response to repetitive friction or pressure on a specific area.

Causes of Corn Feet

Corn feet can develop due to various factors, including:

  • Ill-fitting footwear: Wearing tight or poorly fitting shoes can increase the risk of developing corn feet.
  • High heels: Constant pressure on specific areas of the feet from high-heeled shoes can lead to corns.
  • Foot deformities: Conditions such as bunions or hammertoes can contribute to the formation of corn feet.
  • Abnormal gait: If you have an abnormal walking pattern, it can cause excess pressure on certain areas of the feet, leading to corn feet.
  • Excessive friction: Repetitive rubbing or friction against the skin, often caused by repetitive activities like running or walking, can result in corns.

Symptoms of Corn Feet

Corn feet typically present with the following symptoms:

  • Localized thickening of the skin
  • Hard, raised bump with a central core
  • Tenderness or pain when pressure is applied
  • Inflammation and redness surrounding the corn

Effective Treatment Options

At The Foot Practice, our experienced podiatrists provide comprehensive treatment options to effectively manage corn feet. Here are some of the recommended approaches:

1. Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-surgical treatments for corn feet aim to alleviate discomfort and reduce the size of the corn. These treatments include:

  • Padding and protective coverings: Our specialists can prescribe special padding or coverings to reduce friction and pressure on the corn, promoting healing.
  • Corn-removing medications: Topical medications containing salicylic acid can be used to soften the corn, making it easier to remove gently.
  • Custom orthotics: Orthotic inserts can be customized to redistribute pressure and ensure optimal support, reducing the risk of corn recurrence.

2. Surgical Treatments

In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary, especially when conservative treatments fail to provide sufficient relief. Our skilled podiatrists can perform surgical procedures such as:

  • Corn removal: Surgical excision of the corn can be done to eliminate the thickened skin and provide long-term relief.
  • Correction of foot deformities: If corn feet are caused by underlying foot deformities, surgical correction can help address the root cause and prevent recurrence.

Tips for Preventing Corn Feet

While treating corn feet is essential, taking preventive measures can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing them. Here are some useful tips:

  • Choose well-fitting shoes: Opt for shoes that provide adequate toe room and don't cause excessive pressure or friction.
  • Avoid high heels: Limit the use of high-heeled shoes and opt for more comfortable footwear with proper arch support.
  • Keep your feet clean and moisturized: Regularly clean and moisturize your feet to keep the skin supple and less prone to friction-related issues.
  • Padding or cushioning: Consider using protective coverings or padding on areas prone to friction or pressure.
  • Use orthotic inserts: If you have foot abnormalities or gait issues, consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe custom orthotics to alleviate pressure.


Having corn feet can be painful and affect your overall foot health. However, with the expertise and personalized care provided by The Foot Practice, you can find relief and regain comfortable mobility. Our comprehensive approach to diagnosing, treating, and preventing corn feet ensures that you receive the best possible care, tailored to your specific needs. Contact The Foot Practice today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards healthier and pain-free feet!