What are corns?
Corns are small areas of skin that often occur on toes as a result of excessive pressure from footwear or socks. There are two types, hard and soft.
Hard corns occur on the tops, tips and sides of toes and have a core that presses on nerve endings, causing pain.
Soft corns form between the toes, and stay soft due to heat and greater moisture but can be equally painful.
How to treat corns
Choose comfortable shoes to prevent corns from forming in the first place. If a corn has already formed, you can either remove it or protect it. Try creams for removal and use a file after footbaths too. To protect corns, relieve pain and lessen the discomfort caused by friction and rubbing, you can use protective patches made from felt, latex or gel.