Corn S.O.S.
Corns can turn putting one step in front of the other into a painful act. Go for the right method to get rid of them!

About - All you need to know about corns

How corns develop

The skin is made up of several layers. The outer layer, the epidermis, acts as a protective barrier for the deeper, more sensitive layers of the skin.

If the skin is exposed to permanent pressure and friction e.g. from ill-fitting shoes, it reacts by building up this outer layer, thus forming callous skin (see also: Instant help for dry and calloused skin). If the pressure persists, especially in a specific spot, the callous skin can form a corn with a hard core that reaches the deeper, sensitive skin structures and thus causes pain. This core is often called the „root” of the corn.

Corns can appear either as white/ gray or yellow/ brown in colour depending on your skin type. Symptoms include pain and swelling around the corn and discomfort with direct pressure when walking.

Corns mostly occur on the top of the toes and on the outside of the fifth toe, i.e. the areas where there is the most pressure from the shoes. The most painful form of corn is the type where the corn becomes entwined with the nerves of the skin.
Corns can also occur at the sole of the foot and as so-called soft corns in between toes where the skin is moist from sweat or inadequate drying.

Corn close-up
Corns mostly appear on toes, due to pressure
Medical illustration of a corn
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Treatment - Easy-to-follow tips and advice

The first measure...

... should always be to stop further pressure to relieve pain: Choose well-fitted shoes or change shoes. Protect the corn with a special Hansaplast corn plaster that will stop further pressure to relieve pain and at the same time deal with removing the corn with its softening ingredient, salicylic acid.

For easy and convenient removal...

... of the corn, all you need is also the special corn plaster.
It will give instant relief from pressure, while at the same time help to remove corns with its effective ingredient (salicylic acid).
Apply a Hansaplast Corn Plaster by placing the centre of the foam ring directly on the corn
after having cleaned and dried the affected area first. Leave it to work and replace the plaster after two days.
After four days, the now softened corn can be removed in a warm salt or soap water bath.
Don’t try to remove the corn with sharp objects such as blades etc.
After removal, keep area and surrounding skin well moisturised with special foot creams such as Hansaplast Regenerating Foot Cream.
Never try to remove the corn with a sharp object! See a podiatrist if the corn should not disappear or continue to have a painful “core”. Should you suffer from diabetes or circulatory disorders, refrain from using the Hansaplast corn pads and see your podiatrist or doctor. Please refer to product‘s usage instructions and leaflet for additional information.

Expert Tip

„How does a corn plaster work its magic and combat corns so efficiently? The Hansaplast Corn plaster contains an active ingredient that will soften your corn: the salicylic acid in the center of the foam ring acts by loosening the structure holding together the horny cells of the corn.

„Easy does it:
Our corn plasters will
deal with your corn
by softening it“

The callus skin and the intercellular substance holding together its layers are loosened, leading to an increased hydration and softening of the area, so that the corn can easily be peeled off.“
Dr. Maike Kuhlmann, Research & Development, Beiersdorf AG
Medical illustration of a corn plaster
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Solutions - Hansaplast products that will help

You might want to try these products:

Smart products from our range that will help you deal with corns - from prevention to removal, find the right solution that will keep you walking.

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Prevention - Smart ways to do it better

The best way to prevent a corn is to always keep your feet in a good condition and wear the right shoes. Nevertheless, sore spots, corns and callous skin are a common problem, and tend to occur more frequently as we get older.

What you can do to prevent corns:

  1. Choose well fitting shoes and change shoes frequently. Wearing different types of shoes will prevent pressure from a shoe that might be too tight from leaving its marks on your toes.
  2. Take care of your feet daily with special moisturising foot creams such as Hansaplast Regenerating Foot Cream.
  3. As a preventive measure we recommend Hansaplast Corn Protection Pads and Hansaplast Callous Protection Pads on areas that are exposed to a lot of pressure, or, latest, as soon as first signs of a corn are recognised. The soft and self-adhesive pads protect against painful pressure and relieve pain at once.
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Please note that, although they were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice, regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products.
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