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Ask your Pharmacist: Corns and calluses

Tuesday, 6th May, 2014 4:22pm

Ask your Pharmacist: Corns and calluses

Eamonn Brady is a pharmacist and the owner of Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St, Mullingar. If you have any health questions e-mail them to

Corns and calluses are areas of hard, thickened skin that build up on the areas of the feet subjected to pressure or rubbing. Chiropodist at Whelehans Pharmacy, James Pedley, explains that corns are smaller than calluses and develop on non-weight bearing parts of the foot, such as the tops of the toes. They have a hard centre and can be very painful. Calluses are flatter than corns and are found on the soles of the feet, particularly the heel or ball of the foot.

Treatment Tips

Wear well-fitting shoes to reduce pressure and rubbing. Corns and calluses can be cut away by a chiropodist, but patients should not attempt to do this themselves. In less severe cases, there are over the counter products available in pharmacy to treat corns and calluses. These products contain salicylic acid which breaks down the areas of thickened and hardened skin. Examples includeCorn Removal plasters and Callus removal plasters. Corn and Callus removal liquid is also available. They should never be used on or between toes where the skin is much more delicate. Diabetics should not use medicated corn plasters or liquid corn and callus removers as they can damage skin and lead to serious problem in diabetics such as foot ulcers. Diabetics require regular chiropodist foot checks. These products should also be avoided in pregnancy


Non-medicated plasters, usually small doughnut-shaped pads, tend to be more effective as they relieve pressure from the corn. Examples include Scholl® Corn cushions. It is best to avoid using pumice stones and emery boards on corns as they won’t remove the “root” of the corn.

15 Foot Treatment Day

To launch their “Get Your Tootsies out” campaign, Whelehans Pharmacy in Mullingar, in conjunction with their Chiropodist James Pedley has an exclusive one day offer. On Saturday 24th May, they are offering foot treatments that normally cost €40 (or €25 for over 60s) for an amazing €15, saving you €25. Places are limited so book now at 04493 34591


We will donate €10 per treatment to Tanzania Orphanage

To support a great cause, for every chiropody treatment booked for May 24th, Chiropodist James Pedley will donate €10 to John McCauley’s Tanzania Orphanage. Whelehans are delighted to support Mullingar man John with his Amani orphanage project in Tanzania. 100% of money raised for John’s Orphanage goes directly to the charity. Two staff members from Whelehans, Ann McNelis and Orla Cahill, have volunteered to travel with John to help build a school at the orphanage in Tanzania this summer.

More detailed information and leaflets is available in Whelehans

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