3 Types of Corns on Feet

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Foot corns are a common, painful condition that most people will face at some point. It is caused by repeated friction or pressure on the skin of the feet, which leads to the development of thickened and hardened areas of skin. 

There are three different types of foot corns that may form, including hard corns, soft corns, and seed corns. Let’s look at what these are and how to identify them.

Types of foot corns

  1. Hard corns:
    Hard corns, also known as heloma durum, are the most common types of corn on feet. They typically develop on the top of the toes or on the outside of the little toe. 
    Hard corns on the foot are characterized by a small, dense patch of thickened skin that has a central core of hard, yellowish material. They can be quite painful, especially when pressure is applied to the affected area.

  2. Soft corns:
    Soft corns, or heloma molle, are less common than hard corns. They typically develop between the toes, where the skin is moist and soft. Soft corns are characterized by a white, rubbery patch of skin that is often surrounded by a ring of red, inflamed tissue. They are especially painful when walking or standing for long periods.

  3. Seed corns:
    Seed corns or porokeratosis, are a less common type of corn that can occur on any part of the foot. They are characterized by small, raised bumps that are filled with a hard, white substance. Seed corns can be painful and may bleed if they are scratched or rubbed.

While foot corns are generally harmless, they can be painful hinder your routine. You can get rid of foot corns by applying a corn plaster over the corn.

It is important to treat foot corns as soon as you spot them, if left untreated, they can become infected, which can lead to more serious complications. 



Please note that the above recommendations are general care tips. Consult a healthcare professional in case of any uncertainty around wound treatment and healing.

Always see your doctor if a wound is deep, bleeding profusely or showing signs of infection. For diabetic patients especially, proper wound care holds the utmost importance. Do not hesitate to discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor or your podiatrist, even when it comes to minor wounds and cuts–especially if they’re on your feet.
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Although compiled with great care, it is not a substitute for professional advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult your doctor immediately. 

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