Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Corns and Calluses Treatment

The most important part of treatment for corns or calluses is to reduce pressure on the skin. In most cases, proper-fitting footwear will reduce the risk of worsening corns or calluses. Topical medications and abrasive tools, such as a pumice stone or file, help remove the firm, rough areas of dead skin. Corn or callus pads, and lambs wool, may reduce pressure from footwear. In severe cases, treatment may involve minor surgery to reduce the size of corns or calluses.

Treatment of corns and calluses may include:

  • Medications to remove corns:
    • Salicylic acid (Curad Mediplast, Dr. Scholl's Corn Removers)
  • Protective pads to relieve pressure:
    • Moleskin for calluses
    • Corn pads to relieve pressure
    • Lambs wool
  • Tools to remove dead skin:
    • Pumice stone
    • Nail file
  • Insoles that absorb shock:
    • Spenco
    • Sorbothane

Corns and Calluses Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat corns and calluses:

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Corns and Calluses References
  1. Coughlin MJ: Common causes of pain in the forefoot in adults. J Bone Joint Surg Br 2000 Aug; 82(6): 781-90. [10990297]
  2. Singh D, Bentley G, Trevino SG: Callosities, corns, and calluses. BMJ 1996 Jun 1; 312(7043): 1403-6. [8646101]
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