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Corns and Calluses

Corns and Calluses

Are you experiencing pain when walking? Does it feel like you have a rock in your shoe when you walk? You may have a corn or callus.

Corns and Calluses

Are you experiencing pain when walking? Does it feel like you have a rock in your shoe when you walk? Footwear rubbing on your feet and making life unbearable?

You may have a corn or callus. Two of the most common foot conditions that we treat and difficult for you to tell these apart from other foot skin conditions such as warts. Dr. Kim will assess your legion during the consultation.

Corns or Calluses


Foot corns are hardened layers of skin, usually hard and circular they also have a translucent centre with a dense knot of skin known as a core.
They can become painful or ulcerated due to your skins response to friction, pressure or rubbing.
Corns most often develop on the top, between the toes or on the soles of the feet.

  • rough, tough, yellowing patch of lumpy or bumpy skin
  • skin that’s sensitive to touch
  • pain when wearing shoes


Rarely painful, calluses usually develop on the soles of your feet, in particular under the heel. Varying in size and shape calluses are often larger than corns.

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes. Tight shoes and high heels can compress areas of your feet. When footwear is too loose, your foot may repeatedly slide and rub against the shoe. Your foot may also rub against a seam or stitch inside the shoe.
  • Skipping socks. Wearing shoes and sandals without socks can cause friction on your feet. Socks that don’t fit properly also can be a problem.

Lifestyle remedies include;

  • Soak your hands or feet.Soaking your hands or feet in warm, soapy water softens corns and calluses. This can make it easier to remove the thickened skin.
  • Moisturize your skin. Apply moisturizer to your hands and feet to help keep the skin soft.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and socks. Stick to well-fitting, cushioned shoes and socks until your corn or callus disappears.

Refrain from picking calluses! Do not try to shave or cut a corn or callus on your own, especially if you suffer from diabetes or poor circulation.

If discomfort and pain persist Dr. Kim can remove the corns or calluses and help prevent damage to healthy tissues which can result in pain, infection and scarring.


Surgery is advised if non-surgical treatment fails.

Typically, surgical removal of the callus is not required as the hard skin can most often be removed without surgery. In rare cases, foot surgery may be necessary to correct an underlying cause of the callus (e.g. surgical removal of a bunion.)

If you find yourself having to visit a podiatrist over and over to cut out the corns only to have them return then it is recommended to book a consultation with Dr. Kim who can perform a range of minor corn surgery to prevent recurrence.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Podiatric Surgeon Dr Kim is the leading surgeon for Foot Surgery in Brisbane and Gold Coast, book a consultation today to discuss which options are best for you.

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Dr Ji Soo Kim (Specialist Podiatric Surgeon) BPodM UWA, DClinPod UWA

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