What is it?
Corn / Heloma
Small areas of callus containing a deep centre or nucleus that presses into the dermis causing pain. This can be classified as hard (heloma durum), soft (heloma molle).
An area of thickened skin.
Signs and Symptoms / Predisposing Factors
- Occur in areas of high pressure
- Normal protective response of the skin
- Callus becomes pathological when very thick and thus causes pain
- This may also result from congenital, hormonal, occupational and infective factors.
Treatment involves removal of callus with a scalpel followed by excision of the nucleus of the corn and deflection of pressure from site of lesion with protective padding, simple insoles or corrective orthotics.