A Calgary patient relieving a foot callus with a pumice stone

How to Soothe Foot Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are defined by a thickening of the skin where it rubs against shoes or other parts of the foot. Corns tend to be small, hard bumps that form on the top of the foot, while calluses are larger and flat. Both can be irritating, so our foot specialist in Calgary has compiled a list of suggestions on how to soothe painful corns and calluses.

Cushion the Area


There are a number of things you can use to cushion the area. Properly placed moleskin, lamb’s wool or cotton can be used around the area to add protection and prevent rubbing. These can usually be bought in the footcare section of your pharmacy. However, be careful of treatments that contain chemicals, as they can further irritate corns.

Use a Pumice Stone

A pumice stone can be a useful method of reducing the size of corns and calluses. Be sure to soak your foot in warm water first or use the stone after a bath. The dead skin is easier to remove if it’s been softened. Wet the stone in warm water and rub it gently over the callus or corn in a circular motion. Avoid pressing too hard, you don’t want to injure the healthy skin underneath. Rinse off any dead skin and repeat if necessary.

Wear Better-Fitting Shoes

Our podiatrist in Calgary sees all manner of problems caused by ill-fitting shoes. Ensuring that your shoes fit properly will reduce the formation of corns and calluses over time. The appropriate fit for a shoe will depend on the shape of your foot and any foot problems you may have. As a rule it’s best to have your feet measured when buying shoes in case your feet have grown or changed. Make sure to choose a shoe that’s shaped like your foot and has about a half inch of space for your longest toe. Choose shoes that stay on your feet without the heel slipping and that don’t feel tight or squeeze your feet.

Get Orthotics

Custom orthotics can take pressure off the area of your foot affected by corns or calluses. They can help relieve foot pain and reduce the formation of corns and calluses. Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic offers custom orthotics in Calgary.

If you have corns or calluses that need treatment, contact our foot specialist in Calgary. We’re happy to offer advice on the treatment of corns and calluses and custom orthotics.