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Protective Pads for Calluses and Corns


Picture of protective pads for calluses and corns

Protective pads can remove the pressure or friction that is causing a callus or corn, giving it time to heal. For smaller calluses and corns, cut a circle out of moleskin and then cut the center out of the circle so you have a doughnut-shaped pad. Put it on your skin so that the callus or corn is in the doughnut "hole" and the pad surrounds it.

You can also place a soft pad, called a metatarsal pad, on the ball of the foot near a large callus. The pad will cushion the foot and relieve pressure on the callus. You can buy metatarsal pads made of various materials, such as rubber, felt, or soft plastic.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerBarry L. Scurran, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
Last RevisedNovember 21, 2011

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