Corns and Callus


There are 3 types of corns that would appear on the foot

  • Heloma durum (hard corn)
  • Heloma molle (soft corn)
  • Heloma mille (singular or in clusters)

A corn is a small circle of thick skin (callus) that can occur anywhere on the feet.



They may be caused by

  • Incorrect fitting shoes: They may be too tight or too lose or the style of the shoe may not be suitable for the shape of foot i.e  shoes with a pointed toe may squeeze the toes together.

As a result of ill fitting shoes corns may appear on the sole of the foot, tops of toes or inter-digitally.

What is callus (hard skin)?

Cracked heels

Callus (hard skin)

Callus is a hard, rough area of skin, they can may be found on the heel, ball of foot or on the tops of the toes.

Hard skin (callus) may develop from shear friction from another surface for instance inside of the shoe, walking on the ground with bare feet.

Other possible causes of calluses include:

  • reduced fatty padding – elderly people have less fatty tissue in their skin


These foot conditions, corns and callus, can be removed by your local Foot Health Professional.

At home you can help prevent the build up of callus by using a foot file daily and applying a good cream with Urea in the ingredients.

Tunbridge Wells foot care uses CCS cream which is available at supermarkets and chemists.

(accessed 07/09/20)