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Watch our informative advice videos, with a qualified podiatrist, on treatment and prevention of Corns Symptoms

Beverley Ashdown, Podiatrist, S.R.Ch., M.Ch.S., M.Pod.A., D.Pod.M., H.P.C has received a gratuity from the makers of COMPEED® for her advice and contribution to the making of this video. If you are concerned about the health of your feet you should contact your GP or a registered podiatrist. Diabetics: consult with your doctor before use.


A corn is an area of thickened skin that occurs as a result of pressure, normally over a bony prominence. Nature always tries to protect itself from damage and this is why the skin becomes thicker. Corns are painful on pressure. There is a darker area of skin within the corn which is often mistaken for a ‘root’. This is called the nucleus and is an inverted conical area of compacted skin, pointing to the area of most pressure and pain. Hard corns can occur anywhere on the foot and can be hard or soft. Corns can grow between the toes where two joints rub together. Seed corns are slightly different, they are normally found in small clusters on the sole of the foot and feel like you have a small glass splinter. These are not necessarily associated with pressure alone dryness and friction play a part.


As soon as the corn starts to develop it is important to remove pressure. Using a hydrocolloid based plaster such as COMPEED® corn plasters can help soften and cushion the painful area. COMPEED® Corn plasters contain a special gel that relieves pain immediately & helps remove the corn .Try to avoid shoes that are too tight for you and if the corn persists or you’re having any concern about your feet, see a registered podiatrist.


To prevent a corn from developing it is necessary to avoid pressure. Therefore if you know you are going to wear tight or new shoes, put on a protective pad such as COMPEED® hydrocolloid based corn pad or blister dressing. Remember that blisters often precede corns, so you need to avoid those too. Try using a foot moisturiser before bedtime, as creaming the feet will help keep the skin more flexible and will slow down the onset of seed corns