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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Finding the Source of Calluses and Corns | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Finding the Source of Calluses and Corns

Our body has unique ways of protecting itself. Corns and calluses form on the feet in response to repeated friction or pressure put on them. While not necessarily dangerous in and of themselves, corns and calluses still need attention and may be indicative of another issue that does require medical evaluation and treatment.

What’s the Difference?

A callus is a thickened patch of skin that forms in an area that is subject to repeated rubbing or pressure. A corn is different in that it contains a hard center, like a kernel of corn, hence the name. Both corns and calluses form to protect the skin when repeated irritation is present.

How to Treat

Before attempting any treatment, you should have your foot examined. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo will look at the affected area and may take a scraping from the surface. In some cases, what looks like a callus may actually be a wart, which would require different treatment. If the doctor does confirm that what you have is a callus, moisturizing the skin and exfoliating to remove dead skin may be all that’s necessary. It is important to watch for signs of infection—redness, pus, and drainage, which would need antibiotics.

What’s the Cause?

More important than treating the callus or corn is determining why one has formed in the first place. Several conditions can lead to calluses and corns:

  • Toe deformities—Hammertoes, claw toes, and hallux rigidus result in an unnatural bend in the toe which will mean excessive rubbing of the top of the toe inside footwear.
  • Footwear problems—Walking barefoot on tough terrain, not wearing socks, wearing shoes that don’t fit properly or are worn out can all cause excessive rubbing and pressure on the foot and the development of calluses and corns
  • Medical foot issues—Conditions such as arthritis or bunions will push part of the foot out of alignment and lead to repeated pressure and friction on protrusions that form


In these instances, the corn or callus is like a red flag, pointing to a more significant problem. Fixing the problem that’s causing the callus or corn in the first place will prevent more serious and disabling foot issues down the road and will also cause the corn or callus to disappear.

If you have a corn or callus that is causing you discomfort, contact our Aberdeen office at 732-566-2841 to schedule an appointment.


Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Finding the Source of Calluses and Corns, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen