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Foot Corns

Foot corns are a thickened area of skin that is located on the top of side of a toe. There are two types: hard corns and soft corns. Hard corns are compact lumps that have a very thick core. They are usually found on the top of the toes, on the outside of the little toe or on the sole of the foot. A soft corn is a small inflammation with a smooth center. They usually occur between the toes. Seed corns happen only on the heel or ball of the foot. They are a circle of stiff skin that surrounds a tiny plug of cholesterol.


The symptoms of foot corns include a variation of texture that may include dry, waxy and transparent to what feels like a horny mass. Another symptom is a distinct border to the corn. The corn may be hard or soft, and is usually painful.


Corns are most often caused by improperly fitting shoes. Wearing shoes that are too tight cause friction that creates corns.


See your doctor if foot corns become very painful, or if you develop numbness or reduced sensation in your feet. Loss of sensation may be a sign of diabetes. If you are already diagnosed as diabetic, you should see your doctor whenever a corn develops.

Herbal Treatments

External Applications


Essential oils may help soften corns by using in massage. Use a blend of eucalyptus, lavender, lemon and tea tree oils in a carrier oil.

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