Feet and corns

A corn is an accumulation of hard skin that occurs with persistent and too-much pressure, typically under the foot or between the toes.

Two types of corns

One distinguishes between two types of corns: soft corns and hard corns.

Soft corns

Soft corns can usually be found between the toes, where there is a tendency for a humid environment.

Hard corns

Hard corns usually sit under the foot, but they can also come under thickened nails or by pressing over hammer toes from the upper part of footwear. Corns are painful, and the pain often becomes worse when wearing shoes, which creates pressure against your skin. Many experience that they change their gait, as they unconsciously try to relieve the area that hurts. In this way, the pain can spread to other parts of the body.

What are the causes of corns?

Footwear that does not fit the shape of the foot. Footwear that does not fit well on the foot or does not have sufficient shock absorption under the foot. Misalignments in the feet that cause too much pressure in places where it is not intended to be increased pressure.

Corns don't go away

Corns don't go away on their own unless you remove the cause. If you continue to walk with corns, they will often become bigger and more painful. If you suspect that you have a corn, it's important that you start treatment as soon as possible.

What can you do to prevent corns?

Book an appointment with a podiatrist! A podiatrist can remove the hard skin and corns, but one must be aware that as long as the cause is not removed, the hard skin and corns will continue to form. 

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The development of corns is due in the vast majority of cases to your feet and footwear not being a good fit. Therefore, have a thorough look through your footwear – preferably with the podiatrist if you are in doubt.

Choose footwear that provides plenty of space for your foot - in length, width and height. Footwear with a high heel should be avoided as they move the pressure from the heel to the forefoot. The forefeet are not made to withstand this type of pressure.

There are so many different kinds of footwear to choose from – and it can be difficult to know what good and sensible footwear is. There's a difference between whether the footwear will be used for parties, daily life, or exercise. Daily footwear should be some of the best you have and be good for your feet.

Footwear should protect your feet and make your gait as natural as possible.

Shoes must fit your feet - the feet should fit the shoes!

See our show guide with great advice on choosing footwear.

Maybe you need an insole?

It's a good idea to look into whether your wrong posture can be relieved with an insole.

In many cases, an insole can help alleviate your discomfort. Insoles aims to relieve, support, correct and, to some extent, train the feet. This means that pressure is distributed so that pain and discomfort lessen, and thereby your gait is improved. 

Standard insoles can truly help a lot of people. Read more about our insoles Korrektor® and our shock-absorbing soles Protektor®.

Sometime, a standard insole is not enough and there is need for an insole that is especially made for you so that you are supported exactly where your feet need it. 

It is also possible to have minor reliefs made in different materials by podiatrists or orthodists that you can use in combination with insoles and appropriate footwear.

The feet are the foundation of the body - they must carry you all your life.

If you have found diseases that make demands on the footwear or insoles, it's important that you listen to your podiatrist's advice. Self-experimenting can have serious consequences. We and our dealers are happy to offer advice, but it is your podiatrist who has access to your medical history and thus their advice is very important.