Best Insoles For Calluses & Corns Prevention

by Casey Scofield July 16, 2017

Removing corns and calluses with a pumice stone

Corns and calluses are thickened areas of skin that develop on areas of the foot. They are caused by friction between your foot and your shoes. While they may be unsightly, their tough exterior actually protects your foot from excessive pressure or friction. A great pair of insoles can help to prevent these conditions. In this post, we'll walk you through what to look for in the best insoles for calluses and corns prevention.

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Corns Vs Calluses

Calluses are thickened areas of skin on the bottom of the foot. Corns appear on the top or sides of the foot and toes.

Both corns and calluses usually have a rough appearance. They can be raised or rounded. It might be difficult to differentiate them from warts from appearance alone. Their rough feel can be a problem. In some cases larger calluses can dry out and crack. This can be painful and increases the possibility of infection. Highly callused feet were certainly an advantage before shoes were invented; today they are usually unwanted.

Why do Corns and Calluses Develop?

There are three main causes of corns and calluses:

  1. Ill-fitting shoes – Shoes that are too tight will cause hot spots to form. Repeated friction in these areas can lead to the development of corns and calluses. High heels are the main reason women get corns and calluses. Increased pressure on the ball of the foot and toes can lead to more friction and the development of corns and calluses on the front of the foot.
  2. Foot deformitiesHammer toes – the abnormal bending of the toe joint (it looks like an upside-down V) – are often a cause of corns and calluses. This condition increases friction between you toes and your shoes.
  3. Overpronation – Overpronation causes arches to flatten and elongate. As this happens the ball of the foot moves forward and rubs on the inside of the shoe or sandal. This rubbing often causes calluses.

Preventing Corns and Calluses

Often, corns and calluses won’t cause pain or any adverse effects in your daily life. If you develop them, take a look at your shoes to see if they are the cause. The main treatment for corns and calluses is to find shoes that fit properly and make sure that you are not overpronating. Limiting pronation can also be achieved with a great pair of insoles for calluses and corns.

High heels put added pressure on the toes and ball of the foot. Reduce the amount of time you spend in high heels. Try to keep your heels two inches or lower.

Corns and Calluses - Treatment

A pumice stone can keep corns and calluses from getting out of control. The gentle abrasive action of the stone will remove dead skin and keep your feet smoother and softer. If the corn or callus is large, a podiatrist can carefully shave away the dead, thickened skin with an abrasive wheel or a small surgical blade.

Because infection can occur, don’t have corns and calluses removed during your next pedicure at the nail salon. Make sure a licensed professional is correctly removing the dead tissue.

The Best Insoles for Corns and Calluses

To limit pronation and insure your foot is not slipping and causing unnecessary friction, consider arch support insoles for your shoes.

Tread Labs Stride insoles are some of the best insoles for calluses and corns available on the market today. They will prevent over-pronation and the resulting friction that creates corns and calluses. Insoles also help prevent hammer toes, a secondary cause of corns and calluses.

give your feet the comfort they deserve

Casey Scofield
Casey Scofield


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