Causes of Foot Corn and How to Prevent Them

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Foot calluses and corns are hardened, thick skin layers that appear when the skin tries to guard itself against pressure and friction. They mostly develop on the toes, feet, and fingers. In case you are healthy, you will only require treatment for calluses and foot corns if they result in some kind of discomfort. Below we have highlighted the causes of foot corns and the measures that you can take to prevent them.

Causes of Foot Corn

Foot corns can appear if you wear tight shoes that put pressure on the feet. In case you walk or stand for long durations, the constant friction and the weight of the body can even cause corns that are painful at the bottom of the feet.

How to Prevent Foot Corn?

You can prevent foot corns from returning or forming by wearing comfortable shoes that properly fit your feet. Hence, you must take care that your toes can move easily in your shoes.

Here are some tips on how to prevent Foot Corns :

What to do:

Take care of your feet! Wash your feet with soap and warm water every evening and apply a moisturising foot cream after drying them well. If you tend to have hard skin, regularly use a pumice stone or foot file to remove it.

Keep your toenails trimmed. Long toenails can rub on the neighbouring toes or push the toe against the shoe. To trim your toenails correctly, make sure to cut them straight across and not rounded or angled.

 Avoid excessive sweating. If you tend to sweat a lot, using talcum powder in your socks is advisable.

Use heel pads or soft insoles. If you have to stand or walk a lot due to your professional activities, this might help you to relieve the pressure on your feet.

Wear comfortable well-fitting shoes. The most common cause of corns are shoes that are the wrong size or shape.

Pay attention to your feet! Take care of any irritation or pain directly and if necessary see a foot specialist.


Visit Orthowin Foot and Ankle Clinic, Pune if you have foot and ankle problems, such as deformities of the feet or ankle. In these cases, consult with Dr. Chetan Oswal  for foot-wear or correct inserts.