Prevention of Corns and Calluses

Despite treatment, corns and calluses are hard to get rid of. The best way to treat these skin lesions is to avoid them in the first place. The general measures to prevent corns and calluses are:

Proper shoes: Proper feet wear is essential in the prevention of corns and calluses. The shoes should not be overly constrictive. The toes should have adequate room.

Shoes that pinch or rub are too tight for you. Anytime your toes feel bunched up at the toe, you should avoid them. Women typically develop corns because of wearing high heeled shoes with narrowed toes, thus introducing a lot of pressure on the bony joints and friction on the toes.

Wear socks: Socks prevent friction burns on the skin and prevent formation of corns

Pads: If the corns or callus are painful, wear protective pads to prevent the condition from getting worse.

Gloves: for the laborers who do repetitive work with heavy equipment, wearing gloves is essential. If no gloves are available, one should cover the equipment with a cloth covering.


When the corns and calluses begin to hurt, wear some type of soft pads or bandages or shoe inserts. One may also need to change their shoes.

Keep the feet clean and dry and if the feet are dry, apply a moisturizing cream. This prevents friction burns between the toes.

After a warm shower or bath, dry the feet and erase the corns and calluses with sandpaper or files down the corns.

Change the socks daily and wear gloves when doing labor work.

The best way to soften the corns and calluses is to sock the feet and hands in warm water every day. This therapy will prevent the scaling and rough texture. It also eases the pain and helps in filing down the rough skin layers.

Trimming: Every once in a while, the calluses should be gently trimmed with sandpaper or a file. This may be done at home or can be done while having a pedicure.

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