“Our feet are our body’s connection to the earth” – Andrew Weil


Die Hoewes, EXT 219, Unit 4, 99 Lenchen avenue, Centurion

Corns develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened areas. Corns on feet are a very common ailment that usually form on the tops, sides and tips of the toes. They contain a cone-shaped core with a point that can press on a nerve below, causing pain. Corns can become inflamed due to constant friction and pressure from footwear. Corns that form between the toes are sometimes referred to as soft corns.

Foot corn symptoms are usually hardened bumps which are regular in shape and can be white, gray, or yellow. They most often form on the outside of the fifth toe, since this is the point that pressure most often occurs. Corns that form between the toes are called soft corns, and they are not as firm as other corns because of moistness between the toes.


The most common reasons for corn development are: (1) Tight fitting footwear, (2) High heeled footwear, (3) Tight fitting stockings and socks, (4) Deformed toes, or the foot sliding forward in a shoe that fits too loosely. Soft corns on toes result from bony prominences and are located between the toes. They become soft due to perspiration in the forefoot area. Complications that can arise from corns include bursitis and the development of an ulcer.
Corns can be prevented by avoiding friction-causing activities and wearing shoes that fit properly, are activity-appropriate, and are kept in good repair. Soles and heels that wear unevenly may indicate a need for corrective footwear or special insoles. Socks and stockings should not cramp the toes. Women should also steer away from wearing high-heeled shoes. Shoe insert (orthotic) could help distribute your weight more evenly.