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Calluses and Corns: Protective Padding


Protective padding may be used to treat or prevent calluses and corns. It may cushion the callus or corn, or it may hold the foot and toes in a position so that calluses or corns do not develop. Options include:

  • Moleskin. There are two ways to use moleskin. It is used most often on the feet to protect the skin from rubbing against footwear or against itself. It can also help cushion the feet.
  • Toe separators. These keep toes from rubbing together. They are used to prevent soft corns.
  • Toe crest pads. These relieve pressure and friction and help prevent toes from rubbing together.
  • Toe caps and toe sleeves. These fit over your toe and protect the sides and tips of the toe.

If you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, peripheral neuropathy, or other conditions that cause numbness or blood flow problems, talk to your doctor before trying any treatment for calluses or corns.

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Current as of: November 16, 2023

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