Interdigital corns (soft corns)

What are Soft Corns

The main feature that differentiates a soft corn from a regular hard corn is that these lesions are generally significantly more painful than regular corns and are typically located on the 4th or 5th toe.

They generally present with macerated tissue surrounding the centre of the corn

Causes of soft corns?

Soft corns are a result of friction, pressure and moisture.

The moisture makes the skin between the toes macerated (moist) making it appear white. The constant pressure and friction between the toes (generally the lesser toes) results in the formation of a corn

These lesion are also more prominent in those that smoke. This PDF  Smoking and Formation of Callous provides additional information about the relationship between smoking and the development of the painful lesions

Diagnosis of Soft Corns

Diagnosis is usually based or symptoms and presentation

At the Foot an Ankle Centre we are able to provide additional information about the presence of a these particular corns.

Treatment of Soft Corns

Treatment involves:

  • Removal of the painful corn
  • Reduction in moisture – silver nitrate application or another astringent
  • Smoking Cessation



The Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre’s Northcote Podiatrists can help you with all your complaints including corns. Make an appointment to get your foot and ankle pain under control.

Expert Podiatrists for the treatment of corns servicing the areas of Northcote, Thornbury, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Carlton, North Carlton, Alphington, Fairfield, Brunswick, Coburg and Preston

Call The Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre for further advice on professional management and treatment options.