How to Manage Corns & Calluses?

Corns and calluses are thickened and hardened areas of skin that develop in response to repeated pressure, friction, or irritation. While they share similarities, there are distinct differences between the two.

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While calluses are generally painless, corns can be tender and painful. Seeking professional care, especially for corns, is recommended to address discomfort and prevent complications.

What Is The Difference Between a Corn and a Callus?


  • Composed of dead skin
  • Smooth, small, and circular bump
  • Can have a hard or soft centre
  • Hard corns are yellowish while soft corns are whitish with a rubbery texture
  • Usually found in non-weight-bearing parts of the foot
  • Painful and tender when pressed


  • Hardened skin due to high friction or pressure
  • Varies in size and shape
  • Typically forms where the skin frequently rubs against something
  • Usually found in weight-bearing parts of the foot
  • Flat/lumpy area of skin
  • Yellowish or pale
  • Does not cause much discomfort

Home Remedies for Foot Corns and Calluses

While there are numerous home remedies for corns and calluses in Singapore, caution is advised as some may exacerbate the condition. Podiatrists strongly discourage the following remedies, especially for higher-risk patients due to the potential for complications:

Vinegar Foot Soaks:
Caution: May not be suitable for everyone. People with diabetes or reduced circulation should exercise extreme caution due to the potential for slow healing or concealed wounds.

Pumice Stone Filing:
Caution: Use with care to avoid over-filing and causing injury. Not recommended for those with diabetes or circulation issues.

Salicylic Acid:
Caution: People with diabetes or reduced circulation should be extremely cautious. Pre-existing conditions can lead to slow or minimal healing, and calluses may conceal deeper wounds.

How can Corns and Calluses be managed?

If you're experiencing discomfort or pain due to corns or calluses, it's advisable to consult a podiatrist for professional management. Avoid attempting self-removal, as this can worsen the condition. Here's how podiatrists typically manage corns and calluses:

  • Debridement -
  • Identifying underlying issues -
  • Custom foot insoles (orthotics) -
  • Footwear recommendations -
  • Home care advice -

How to Prevent Corns and Calluses?

To reduce the recurrence of corns and calluses, individuals are encouraged to:

  • Offload areas of high pressure through the use of custom insoles
  • Keep feet clean and moisturised
  • Wear properly fitting shoes and socks
  • Have regular inspections and check for any signs of friction or pressure points

By adopting these preventive measures, individuals can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing painful corns and calluses, promoting overall foot health.

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Common Symptoms

Raised hard bump
Thick and rough area of skin

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