A doctor grinds a corn off of a patient's foot


Corns are very similar to calluses and, in fact, the main difference is the location and size of the condition. Corns appear on areas such as your toes or bony protrusions of the feet.

There are definitive boundaries to corns unlike calluses which build up in larger areas.

Corns can appear between your toes and be softer due to moisture. It is much easier to prevent corns than it is to remove them. 


Corns are caused by high pressure or tension in certain spots of the feet, much like calluses, except that corns are more localized and have definitive boundaries.

Corns are usually the product of direct friction in a circular or semi-circular motion.

They can be painful and unsightly.


The best prevention practices involve alleviating the areas of tension on the feet by wearing more comfortable shoes or using orthopedic inserts. You can self treat corns with over the counter products but it can be a long and painful process and can result in an infection if not done properly. If you have diabetes you should not attempt to remove corns as it can cause dangerous complications. Call your local podiatrist at Mid Nebraska Foot Clinic to help find relief. 

Depending on the severity of corns a doctor may be needed to treat it. If self care does not treat corns within two weeks you should consult your podiatrist. Prescription medications for corns are much stronger than the over the counter medications you can get at the pharmacy. 
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