Corns, Calluses and Blisters

Corns, Calluses & Blisters

Corns and Calluses

When we walk or stand, our body weight is carried first on the heel and then on the ball of the foot, where the skin is thicker to withstand the pressure. When this pressure becomes excessive, some areas of skin thicken in the form of corns, calluses & blisters. This is a protective response to the body’s reaction to the friction of skin rubbing against a bone, shoe or the ground.

How do I prevent it?

If you have a corn or callus, gently rub with a pumice stone when you’re in the bath and apply moisturising cream to help remove the thickened skin.

What are the treatments? 

It is best not to cut corns yourself. One of our podiatrists will be able to reduce the bulk of the corn painlessly, applying padding or insoles to relieve pressure or fit corrective appliances for long-term relief. For calluses, we can remove hard skin, relieve pain and redistribute pressure with soft padding, strapping or corrective appliances which fit easily into your shoes. The skin should then return to its normal state.



Blisters are painful, fluid-filled lesions produced by friction and pressure. They can be caused by ill-fitting footwear, stiff shoes, wrinkled socks against the skin, excessive moisture or foot deformities.

Is it serious?

Blisters can become a serious concern if you have diabetes and may not heel so easily.

How do I prevent it?

As blisters are the result of friction. There are a number of simple techniques that can prevent your walking, running or social activity being ruined by a blister. Keep your feet dry, and your toenails trimmed. Always wear socks of the right size as a cushion between your feet and footwear and change your socks daily. Wear comfortable, good-fitting footwear and check your feet regularly for any sign of rubbing and tenderness.

What are the treatments? 

It is important to act immediately if you feel any friction or discomfort as blisters can form very quickly. Stop walking or running and examine your feet and if nothing has developed. Consider applying some material or padding to cushion the area or even a breathable waterproof plaster.

If a blister does occur, do not pop it. Cut a hole in a piece of felt to form a doughnut over the blister. Tape the felt in place or cover with a soft gel dressing. Treat an open blister with mild soap and water. Cover it with an antiseptic ointment and a protective soft gel dressing to prevent infection and speed up the heeling process.

Most blisters last between three and seven days and will normally clear up if further excessive friction is avoided.

AA Podiatry offer specialist treatment options to customers suffering from corns, calluses and blisters in Glasgow and the surrounding area including Hamilton, Motherwell, East Stirling, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and the rest of Lanarkshire.

We also offer mobile foot health clinic for several of our treatments in the comfort of your own home particularly for our elderly, disabled and customers suffering from chronic pain. Please contact us for further information

General foot care advice:

  • Keep your feet clean by washing them every day
  • Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them
  • Trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers
  • Change your socks daily to keep your feet fresh
  • Wear flipflops in public areas such as shows and swimming pools

Do you require advice on corns, calluses or blisters? Call us.
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