23 May

Do you have foot corn (Heloma Molle)?

Heloma Molle  or foot corn is experienced as a hard painful skin bump! Learn what it is and how to treat it!

AKA Foot Corn or Heloma Durum.

corns Heloma Molle


What is a Heloma Molle?

A heloma molle is a uniquely shaped callus that resembles a corn kernel. Because of it’s shape, the corn concentrates the pressure into a pinpoint area. This causes deep tissue pain and possible ulceration.


Heloma Durum vs. Heloma Molle:

A heloma durum is a hard corn, while a heloma molle is a soft corn. This is usually just semantics as both are usually treated very similarly; except the durum may need to be softened slightly more ahead of time.

Diagnosis of a Heloma Molle:

  • Thick and hard skin.
  • Deep tissue pain.
  • Shaped like a corn kernel.
  • Pinpoint pressure rather than diffuse pressure.
  • Hurts when you push on it.
  • It does not have red dots like a wart.
  • Usually in the ball of the foot, base of the big toe or 5th toe.


Foot Corn (aka Heloma) vs Callus

composite photo of corn and callus on foot Heloma Molle

  • Callus formation can be large and spread out. A corn is more pinpoint, small and hard.
  • Corns usually occur on the ball of the foot, under the first toe, the fifth toe and on top of the toes (especially if you have hammertoes). A callus usually occurs in the forefoot, but is usually very spread out.
  • Both can occur together- it is necessary to take the callus down then pop out the corn.


Corn vs. Wart


Plantar+Wart+picture+2 Heloma Molle

Warts have little red dot’s due blood vessels, corns and calluses do not.


  • Skin lines go through a callus, whereas if you have a wart, the skin lines go around the wart.
  • A wart can display little red “dots” that are blood vessel growth into the wart. The callus should not have any red “dots”.


What Causes A Heloma Molle?

  • Wearing loose, old or poorly stitched shoes.
  • If you ever have to really tighten your laces to get a snug fit.
  • High heels that can cause pressure or friction.
  • High arched feet form calluses under the first toe, fifth toe and under the heel.
  • Flat foot is the primary cause of increased pressure in areas of the foot, especially everywhere in the forefoot and inside part of the big toe and heel heel.
  • Rubbing in of the tops of the toes against a tight shoe is also a leading cause of corn formation in the toes.
  • The main cause: all types of biomechanical or foot deformities.


For more details and hints how to treat it at home visit this link.

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