corn, heelCorns or callus are a mechanically induced thickened skin lesion that occur over or under a weight-bearing surface or structure. Corns (clavi) over the metatarsal heads are frequently mistaken for warts. As corn becomes thick the tissues under the corn are subject to increased irritation. There may be a deep seated nucleation, this is like a core where the corn is thickest and most painful. As corns become inflamed, there is pain and sometimes swelling and redness. Corns  develop in areas of skin exposed to repeated friction or pressure. In response, thick layers of dead skin cells pile up and harden. Corns are more common in women than men because women wear tight fitting shoes, socks and stockings more often than men. Corns also hinder mobility.
The major cause of corn formation is excessive friction, rubbing or pressure on the skin. Corns are actually formed out of a protective response to save the skin from the effects of excessive pressure and friction. Wearing high-heeled shoes that are tight fitting, continued standing schedule, excessive sweat on the feet, long continued use of tools or musical instruments, dancing, walking or standing bare feet on a hard surface for long time are the major factors that predispose a person to corn formation. Also abnormal gait due to some other disease/fracture/deformity increase the occurrence of callosities on parts exposed to repeated frictions and pressures.
Occurs normally at pressure sites: over heads of first and fifth metatarsal bones, heel; the top surface of the toe, at the tip of the toe, and between the toes.

  1. A callus is a patch of compact, dead skin anywhere on the body that is subject to friction. There are different common names given to various types of calluses.

Corn, callus2. A hard corn is a hard, painful, well-demarcated, translucent central core, located on top of a toe or the outside of the little toe. It can get infected causing severe pain and tenderness with inability to walk.
hard corn3. A soft corn is a reddened, tender area of skin, has a thin, smooth centre and is found between 4th and 5th
4. A seed corn is a plug-like circle of dead skin, often painful, on the heel or ball of the foot.
5. A plantar callus is a painless callus on the bottom – or plantar – surface of the foot.

  • An yellow coloured hard growth on the skin of the heel or toes
  • Pain when pressure is applied to the hard growth
  • Redness and swelling
  • Discomfort while standing or walking with tight fitting shoes.

General Management:   Wear corn caps if needed.
Corns can be successfully treated under the homeopathic mode of treatment that uses a very gentle effective approach that attack the problem at the root level. Surgical removal of corns is temporary as it tend to re-occur which may also carries the risk of infection, while proper homeopathic medicines taken internally provide a permanent and complete safe solution, also economical. Corns  have no specific reason, so constitutional approach is best to avoid reoccurrence. In Organon of Medicine, basically corns are known to be sycotic in origin, so antimiasmatic treatment is suggested.
It is the most indicated medicines for inflamed, large horny corns with  thickened skin of soles of feet. There is intense aching pain which makes walking difficult. There is callous formation under the nail of the great toe. Well suited for those who are overweight or obese.
Corns on heels and toes. Very sensitive, stinging, stitching pain.
Corns with skin parchment like sore, painful corns which are very sensitive; soreness especially in toe joints.
Multiple corns which are very painful. One of the best homeopathic remedies for corns with yellow discoloration in surrounding area. Indicated when painful corns have resulted from exertion or too much walking especially ones on right toe.
It is one of the carbon remedies. There is a tendency of thickenings of the skin who  have rough, hard, dry and unhealthy skin. Their feet sweat profusely and moderate walking causes soreness and aching in horny skin between the toes and are exceedingly painful.
For corn that has tendency to suppurate (have pus formation). Burning, stinging pains may be experienced. Such corns may be highly sensitive to touch.
Corns that are very sensitive with tearing pain. Skin becomes thick and indurated. Painful callosities on soles, toes and fingers contracted. There is aching pain, burning or drawing pain too but the most characteristic pain of Lycopodium is pressing pain in the affected area. The heel pains as if setting foot on a pebble.
Corns with painful scars. Greasy skin. Boring, tearing and stitching pain. Worse by walking and standing.
Thick, hard corns with cracks on feet with severe pain and bleed on touch or movement. Indicated for those who have hyperkeratosis, where the adjacent skin has golden-yellow characteristic hence it has been used not only for the removal of corns but also for the removal of warts, tumors, ulcers, and Keloids.
Indicated for hard, horny corns which are very sensitive to touch.
Acute painful corns. Acrid exudation which makes surrounding parts sore. Corns on ball of 1st and 2nd left toes, sensitive to touch and pressure, very painful when letting leg hang down, they also throb especially by flexing toes. Better by extending them, wearing thick soled boot at times. Numbness in corns, knocking toes against anything so as to cause boot to grate against corns, causes great burning pain.
Inflamed soft corns that are soft to touch with stitching, aching, burning, painful corns as an infected wound. The characteristic symptoms – corns between the toes may be sore and painful. It is strongly indicated in any sort of pus formation that may accompany corns. Excessive offensive sweat may be present on the foot where the corn is located.
Indicated when there is burning, aching, tearing & stitching pain in the soles of the feet, more in the warmth of bed. Corns from pressure. Burning,
Indicated in very fleshy persons with dark complexion, black hair and unhealthy skin. Thuja personality has tendency for overgrowth of tissues with recurrent tendency of corns. General aggravation from damp weather. Perspiration is oily and sweet smelling or offensive. It has the singular property of softening hard tissues.

  • Make sure that shoes and socks fit properly and do not rub.
  • Surgically rectify if any bony abnormalities.
  • Keep hands and feet moistened.


  1. Clinical Dermtology by Thomas P. Habif
  2. TB of Surgery by Sri Ram Bhat
  3. Clarke’s Dictionary
  4. Allen’s Keynotes
  5. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica – William Boaricke
  6. Homoeopathic Therapeutics – Samuel Lilienthal


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