There are 3 types of corns:

  • Soft Corns
    Are rubbery texture.
    Are whitish-yellow colour.
    Are between the toes.
  • Hard Corns
    Are small areas of concentrated hard skin.
    Are the most common type of corn.
    Are found over a joint.
    Are found on the balls of the feet.
    Are found on the tops of the toes.
  • Seed Corns
    Are tiny corns associated with dry skin.
    They can be anywhere in dry skin.
    Can be loosened out in the bath.
    Can resemble a seed.
    Can be found in a cluster.

Causes of soft and hard corns

Toe or foot deformities. Your toes pressing or rubbing together. If you wear tight fitting footwear.

Causes of seed corns

Are caused by friction rather than pressure. Loose fitting footwear.


Never treat your corns with knives, blades, scissors or pick skin away as you can cause pain and infection.

Apply moisturising cream as part of your daily routine (but not between your toes as athletes foot can develop).

For soft corns – use an astringent between the toes (such as surgical spirit) to help dry your skin.

Gently rub areas of hard or thickened skin with a file or pumice.

Diabetic or elderly? Do not use corn plasters


Shoes should:

  • Be wide and deep across the front of the foot.
  • Have a low heel.
  • Fasten with a lace, buckle or velcro to allow for adjustment.
  • Have cushioned, shock absorbing insoles.

For more information see our Footwear page.

Consult a podiatrist for advice

The podiatry administration office can be contacted on 01274 221165.

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