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The London Podiatry Centre specialises in the removal of painful corns and the re-alignment of deformed and misshaped toes. Mr McCulloch, the centre's consultant podiatric surgeon has operated on many 100's of toe deformities utilising advanced techniques that optimise both function and appearance.

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Your corn surgery questions answered

  • How long does corn and toe surgery take and what is the recovery period?

    The duration of an operation to remove corns and / or re-align toes will vary according to the complexity of the surgery and the number of toes which require correction. Toe surgery to remove corns and correct position rarely takes more than one hour. Recovery time does depend on exactly what has been done but activity levels are generally confined to toilet duties for the first week i.e. no walking except when essential. After one week activity levels can increase and one can return to normal wide footwear such as trainers or 'UGG' type boots after 2 weeks. Occasionally, small wires are placed in the toes to hold position for a few weeks and in this case recovery might be longer i.e. 4-6 weeks.

  • How much does corn and toe surgery cost?

    The cost of corn removal / toe surgery varies according to the complexity of the operation. On average corn and toe surgery costs between £500 and £3000. Most insurance companies cover corn and toe surgery and the Centre can provide further advice on this. Please note that the Centre is recognised by virtually all national and many international private medical insurance companies.

  • Tell me more about Mr McCulloch!

    A full biography is available on the main London Podiatry Centre website.

  • How much is a pre-operative consultation for corn and toe surgery?

    Consultation fees for toe and corn surgery are between £45 and £155 according to which practitioner is seen. For general advice you can see one of Mr McCulloch’s associates at a reduced fee. If you are fairly sure that you want to have corn/toe surgery, it is preferable to make a direct appointment with Mr McCulloch. Please call the Centre on 020 8297 9631 for more information on toe and corn surgery.

  • Are there any risks toe and corn surgery?

    Toe and corn removal surgery is safe and the Centre's patients rarely experience complications. However, no surgical procedure is risk free from complications such as infection and thrombosis. Please read the Centre's operation handbook for further detailed information on the implications and possible complications of surgery in general. The centre also has a number of leaflets on toe and corn surgery specifically.

  • When can I wear normal shoes again, after toe and corn surgery?

    A patient can usually return to normal footwear after toe and corn surgery, once the stitches have been removed, at 2 weeks. In more complex cases, where wires may have been used this period can extent to up to 6 weeks.

  • I have dark skin type with light corns. Is this common and can it be cured? How does this effect toe and corn surgery?

    The Centre is located in a multi-cultural area and sees many Afro-Caribbean and Asian patients whose skin type can be particularly affected by corns and who are prone to skin discolouration. We use special plastic surgery techniques to avoid complications such as abnormal scarring which is more common in dark skin types. Skin lesions such as corns and bursa (a deeper fluid filled sac under the skin) often take on a light appearance which makes them particular obvious. The centre routinely removes these lesions with typically excellent results.

  • Can you shorten my toes as part of the operation?

    In many instances corns, callous and bursa form because toes press on shoes. In order to achieve removal it is often desirable to slightly shorten the toes so that they do not press on shoes after the operation. Some patients are born with toes of an abnormal length and this invariably causes excessive shoes pressure. By undertaking some shortening during the procedure, the operation is more likely to achieve an optimal outcome.

  • How much pain is associated with corn removal and toe surgery?

    Most toe and corn operations are undertaken under local anaesthetic. The injections are similar to those you would have at the dentist. There is no pain during the operation and most patients volunteer only mild discomfort when their anaesthetic wears off, by which time they would be taken the pain killers provided by the Centre.

  • Where can I see before and after pictures including toe and corn surgery?

    A gallery of before and after pictures is available on the main London Podiatry Centre site.

  • After toe and corn surgery, when can I go back to work and drive again?

    Driving should not occur until stitches have been removed at 2 weeks. Return to work would depend on the nature of the work and means of transport. For patients who generally sit at work for most of the day and who can get a taxi/lift to and from work, it is possible to return after one week. If not, then 2 weeks is recommended

  • So what exactly do you do during an operation to remove a corn or improve toe position?

    The nature of toe surgery and corn removal depends on the severity of the problem and the degree of misalignment. Many types of operation are undertaken at our centre and the following examples are given in order of complexity.

    1. Simple removal of corn or bursa (a small fluid filled sac often mistaken for a corn by patients). No bone work or re-alignment surgery is required and healing occurs in 10-14 days.

    2. Removal of corn or bursa with tendon lengthening: In this instance the operation is the same as previous but with the addition of a small procedure to stretch the tendon so that the toe 'sits down' if it is abnormally elevated.

    3. Removal of corn and bursa +/- tendon work and arthroplasty: In this instance a small amount of bone is removed from the toe. This is necessary when there is deformity of the bone itself. The operation allows the toe to return to a straight position.

    4. Aforementioned with Toe shortening: By removing slightly more bone during the arthroplasty the toe can be shortened to its desirable length.

    5. Previous procedures in combination with percutaneous K wire: In this case a wire is placed through the toe to keep it in position whilst it is healing. The wire is typically removed after 2 to 6 weeks.

    6. Forefoot reconstruction: In this instance complex surgery is undertaken to rebuild severe deformity (see link). The surgery generally involves cutting bones which are then repositioned and kept in place by means of screws and wires. Complex rebalancing of tendons and soft tissues are also required.



Patient A suffered from many years of foot pain until she attended the surgery Extensive surgery was carried out to correct toe alignment.



Patient B suffered from foot pain for many years and found it practically impossible to find shoes that would fit. Corn and toe surgery was performed and the patient was delighted with the results.

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