Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Arcadia, CA


Corns are small, round skin growths that form because of repeated friction. They can occur anywhere but are most common on the sides and bottoms of the toes and heels. At Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. in Arcadia, California, board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons Caitlyn Lee, DPM, AACFAS, and Wenjay Sung, DPM, FACFAS, offer complete care for corns, including corn removal and fat pad injections. Call Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. today to schedule treatment for corns, or book your appointment online. 

Corns Q & A

Should I seek treatment for corns?

Yes. Even though most corns are small and harmless, treatment is recommended. That’s particularly true If you have diabetes or another health problem that affects blood flow to your feet, as they’re more likely to become infected and affect your mobility.

Corns are like calluses because they form due to repeated friction against your skin. Over time, the pressure from your socks or shoes causes the skin to form growths the size of popcorn kernels. 

Are there different types of corns?

Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. treats several types of corns, including:

Hard corns

Hard corns are small, thick growths that form near or on bony areas, like the tops of your toes. They look similar to blisters but are tough and don’t have liquid inside.

Soft corns

These corns form between the toes. They’re soft and squishy, like blisters, and cause the surrounding skin to turn white or gray.

Seed corns

Seed corns are smaller than hard and soft corns. They occur on the bottoms of the heels or feet and look similar to plantar warts.

Who is at risk of corns?

Anyone can develop corns, but several factors increase your risk, including:

  • Smoking
  • Walking barefoot
  • Wearing tight shoes that rub against your feet
  • Having a health problem that affects the bones in your feet

Certain activities can also increase your risk, such as running and playing sports.

How are corns diagnosed?

Your Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your feet and toes. Corns are easy to spot, but your podiatrist might have you walk around to assess your gait, posture, and how your shoes move with your feet.

How are corns treated?

The foot and ankle surgeons at Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. take a conservative and minimally invasive approach to corn treatment. They might suggest:

  • Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well
  • Wearing socks with your footwear at all times
  • Using cushioned or padded insoles
  • Inspecting your feet daily
  • Using adhesive pads to protect corns from repeated friction

If you have corns because of bony feet, your provider may recommend fat pad injections. Fat pad injections use human fat cells to pad your soles and heels. The fat cells help reduce friction, minimize pain, and prevent recurrence. 

Call Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. today to explore the treatments for corns, or book your appointment online.