Corns and calluses are common foot conditions that can cause discomfort and pain. While they may seem similar, there are distinct differences between the two. Top-rated podiatrist Ken G Sakuda, DPM located in Honolulu, Hawaii specializes in corns and calluses. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.


What are Corns and Calluses?

Corns and calluses are thickened areas of skin that develop in response to repeated friction or pressure on the feet or hands. They are the body's natural defense mechanism to protect the skin from further damage. Although they share similarities, corns and calluses have different characteristics.

Corns: Corns are small, raised areas of thickened skin that commonly develop on the tops or sides of toes. They are usually round and have a central core, which can be hard or soft. Hard corns are more common and have a dense, concentrated core, while soft corns are moist and rubbery.

Calluses: Calluses are larger, flat areas of thickened skin that typically develop on the soles of the feet or palms of the hands. They are usually less painful than corns and lack a defined core. Calluses form to protect the skin from excessive pressure or friction.

Dr. Sakuda will identify which one you have and prescribe the best treatment options for you.

What are the symptoms of corns and calluses

The most common symptoms of corns and calluses include:

  • Thickened, rough skin: Affected areas of the skin become noticeably thickened and rough, often with a hardened texture.

  • Discoloration: Corns and calluses may appear yellowish or grayish.

  • Pain and tenderness: Corns can be painful, especially when pressure is applied, such as when wearing tight shoes or walking.

  • Sensitivity: The affected areas may become sensitive to touch or pressure.

If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact Dr. Sakuda for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

What are the risk factors for corns and calluses?

Several factors increase the risk of developing corns and calluses:

  • Ill-fitting footwear: Wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow can create excessive pressure on the toes or soles, leading to the formation of corns and calluses.

  • High-heeled shoes: High heels increase pressure on the toes, often causing corns to form.

  • Certain foot deformities: Bunions, hammertoes, and other structural abnormalities can contribute to the development of corns and calluses.

  • Poor foot hygiene: Neglecting proper foot hygiene and failing to moisturize the skin can make it more prone to corns and calluses.

  • Occupational factors: Occupations that involve prolonged standing or repetitive hand motions can increase the risk of corns and calluses.

Understanding and addressing these risk factors can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing corns and calluses.

How are corns and calluses diagnosed?

To diagnose if you have corns or calluses, Dr. Sakuda will typically perform a thorough examination of the affected area and ask about the symptoms experienced. Dr. Sakuda will also try to find the potential cause by inquiring about your footwear or occupational factors. Call our office or book online to schedule your consultation today.

How are corns and calluses treated?

The primary goal of treatment is to alleviate symptoms and reduce discomfort. Here are some common treatment options:

  • Footwear adjustments: Wearing well-fitting shoes with ample toe space can help relieve pressure on the affected areas and prevent further development of corns and calluses.

  • Padding or insoles: Cushioning pads or custom-made insoles can be used to reduce pressure on corns and calluses, providing additional comfort.

  • Salicylic acid: Over-the-counter corn and callus treatments often contain salicylic acid, which can help soften and remove the thickened skin. Follow the instructions carefully and avoid using these products if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

  • Moisturization: Regularly moisturizing

Identifying and treating corns and calluses is critical in preventing complications, and maintaining overall foot health. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to have Dr. Sakuda develop a custom foot care plan for you.

Ken G Sakuda, DPM LLC

Phone (appointments): (808) 521-2002

Address: 321 N Kuakini St Ste 801. Honolulu,HI,96817


Fax: (808) 521-0351