Corn pads, found at your local pharmacy, often contain an acid that is meant to break down the layers of skin on your toes, which make up the corn or callus.  Although they may temporarily soften the skin, it will not permanently get rid of the corn.  Since the corn is actually due to increased areas of pressure on the toe due to ill-fitting shoes or due to a hammer digit or bunion, it is important to see one of our doctors to find out the cause of the corn and address the root cause.