A corn is another word for a bunion on your foot or between your toes. They are often grey-white or yellow-white in colour. Corns are caused by pinching or pressure on your feet. This can have several causes, like:
- Being overweight.
- Shoes which are too tight.
- An abnormality in your feet or toes.
Corns are not dangerous, but they can be very unpleasant when combined with friction. They can be very painful when standing or walking.
If you have a corn, you may have:
- A swollen bunion. Also called a callus pit.
- Pain when standing or walking. It can be very painful, especially if there’s pressure on the corn.
There are a number of things you can do about a corn yourself. For example, we recommend you:
- Wear shoes which fit well and don’t pinch.
- Wear a suitable arch support. Ask the shoe shop employee or podiatrist to advise you about the right arch support.
- Visit a chiropodist or podiatrist. They can take care of your feet and treat the corn(s). This will greatly reduce your foot pain.
You should see your GP if:
- You are in severe pain. Your GP can prescribe a remedy for the corn(s) or possibly cut out the corn(s).