Heloma Molle is commonly referred to as a “soft” foot corn. A foot corn is a hard and painful skin bump that makes walking very painful. There are two different types of foot corns; Heloma Molle (soft foot corn) and Heloma Durum (hard foot corn). Helomas (foot corns) are different that calluses and plantar warts.
What is a Heloma Molle?
A Heloma Molle (soft foot corn) 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. The Heloma Molle has a thin surface, it appears white and rubbery. Heloma Molle usually occur between the toes.
Causes of a Helome 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.
Heloma Molle vs. Heloma Durum
As mentioned earlier, a Heloma durum is a hard corn, while a heloma molle is a soft corn. This is a small patch of thickened, dead skin with a small plug in its center. In addition, Heloma Durum are usually thicker than Heloma Molle.
Although there are difference between Heloma Durum and Heloma Molle, they are treated similarely, with the slight difference of a longer softening time required for the Heloma Durum (which literally means- Hard).
Symptoms 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.
Heloma Molle vs Callus
Like Heloma (Durum and Molle), Calluses are caused by pressure and friction on the skin of the foot. A Callus formation can be large and spread out, but 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.
Heloma (corns) vs. Warts
As opposed to Helomas and calluses that are caused by physical factors such as friction and pressure, Warts are caused by a virus. Human Papillomavirus is the most common cause of skin infections.
Difference of appearance:
- 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”.
Heloma Molle Surgery:
A heloma molle can be excised surgically and closed via skin wedge.
Heloma Molle Treatment:
There are two + one steps to keep foot corn pain away. You have to get rid of them and then take measures to keep them away!
- Stop the helloma molle and calluses from appearing.
- The pros and cons of removing a corn.
- The pros and cons of foot corn and heloma molle removal surgery.