Calluses and Corns

Calluses and Corns are skin build-ups which generally form on the bottoms of the feet and top of toes, respectively.


  • 65 out of 1,000 people have calluses or corns
  • 37 out of 1,000 males have calluses or corns
  • 91 out of 1,000 females have calluses or corns

Causes of Calluses/Corns

  • Improperly fitted footwear that leads to friction and pressure
  • Biomechanical imbalances in the foot that cause the toes to contract, “claw” or “hammer” inside shoes
  • Genetically transmitted disorders

What can a patient do?

  • Purchase foot wear with sufficient support and enough room for the toes
  • Use over-the-counter creams, do not use acid preparations

What can a podiatrist do for you?

  • Order scans such as X-rays, CTs, and MRIs are performed if necessary
  • Provide proper padding for the affected areas
  • Create custom ortheses or suggest over-the-counter arch support
  • If deemed medically necessary, perform surgery