Triumph Podiatry Fact Sheet – Calluses, Corns and Fissures

Corns, Calluses and Fissures are all types of common skin conditions that present to a Podiatry clinic, it is the most common complaint.


These common skin conditions arise from excessive pressure and friction caused by skin rubbing against badly supported footwear or bare against the ground. Footwear that is unsuitable for a type of foot will cause great pressure areas which result in painful calluses, corns and fissures.

  • Calluses
    • “Hyperkeratosis”, is a hard area of skin which became thick and tough in response to continuous and repetitive pressure. It is the most common type of skin condition and can appear on any skin surface.
  • Corns
    • “Heloma dura” – Hard corns appear when the pressure is even more prolonged and consistent than calluses which will result in the penetration of the deeper layers of skin, rendering it more painful than calluses.
    • “Heloma molle” – Soft corns usually appear between toes that rub against each other.
  • Fissures
    • “Cracked skin” – occur when the skin undergoes excessive pressures but is also exposed to dry, hot and hard conditions resulting in dried, cracked and tired feet.


Pain and discomfort


We encourage prevention and management by treating your feet like your teeth, which gets scrubbed/brushed 2-3 times per day.

It is advised that the patient utilize a pumice stone or sandpaper and spend at least 2 minutes (1 minute each foot) daily before showering to reduce callus buildup. Applying creams to improve the moisture is a must.


At Triumph Podiatry, calluses, corns and fissures are all removed using sterile equipment. We would also discuss pressure relief padding, orthotics, creams and a prevention program.

Grant Duong, Podiatry

At the Triumph Institute located in the heart of Bankstown, Sydney we also practice podiatry. It’s a medical field that specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of problems and issues that affect the lower limbs, from the lower back right down to our feet.

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