Preventing corns and calluses 

Looking after your feet will help prevent problems such as corns and calluses.

Follow the advice below to help stop any hard dry skin developing:

  • Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them and apply a special moisturising foot cream (not body lotion).
  • Use a pumice stone or foot file regularly to gently remove hard skin. If you use a pumice stone, make sure that it dries completely between uses and does not harbour bacteria.  
  • Wear comfortable footwear that fits properly. Always shop for shoes in the afternoon, because your feet swell as the day goes on. This means shoes that fit in the afternoon will be comfortable. You should be able to move your toes inside the shoe with a small gap between the front of the shoe and your longest toe. If possible, avoid wearing heels as they increase the pressure on the front of your feet. 
  • Do not put up with foot pain as if it is normal. Either see a podiatrist directly or go to your GP, who may refer you to a podiatrist. They will be able to investigate the underlying cause of your foot pain.

Page last reviewed: 04/04/2014

Next review due: 04/04/2016