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.
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
- 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
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.