Soft Corns

A soft corn form between the toes when the bony prominence known to doctors as the “condyle” of a toe rubs against the condyle of the adjacent toe while walking. In an attempt to protect the body, nature builds up a layer of thickened skin (soft corn) to cushion the bony prominences. The moisture between the toes keeps the thickened skin somewhat soft, thus the name “soft corn.” 

Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

If left untreated, the corns become quite painful. Although soft corns can form between any two toes, they are most often found between the fourth and fifth toes.

  • Repeated friction or pressure
  • Thinking of skin
  • Tenderness or pain with activity

When to Seek Treatment 

We recommend making an appointment with one of our podiatrists to remove corns and not removing them yourself especially if you are a diabetic.


  • Supportive footwear or custom orthotics. At Laser Foot Surgery Centers we use an innovative method called a VFAS procedure to fit orthotics that can be taken home the same day.
  • Callus medication (salicylic acid) can be used over the counter or prescribed by a physician. 
  • In some cases, surgery is recommended.

In-Office Surgery

The most common procedure used to correct soft corns at Laser Foot Surgery Center is as follows:

A small incision is made on the top of the affected toe and, using a small drill, the condyles are reduced in size so that these prominences will not rub against one another.


It is usually necessary to wear a post-surgical shoe one week after the procedure is performed.