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Corns are small circular or cone-shaped areas of thick, irritating, painful skin on the feet that develop in high-pressure or high-friction areas, such as on the outside of your little toe or the ball of your foot.
Corns are often confused with calluses, but there’s a difference. Corns are raised bumps that consist of rough, thickened areas of dry, waxy skin. They also tend to be surrounded by inflamed skin and are much smaller than calluses.
The best treatment for a corn varies from person to person. Certain over-the-counter topical products may be suggested, or a more serious treatment may be prescribed. If you’re a diabetic and develop a corn, consult your Physicians Footcare podiatrist immediately as any small foot-wound can potentially develop into more serious conditions.
Orthotic inserts, which are fitted by our trained pedorthists, can also help treat corns. Inserts slide right into your shoes and adjust the way the feet fit inside them, thus fixing the way you walk. Properly fitted orthotics can help reduce pain and friction which, in turn, can help reduce corn formation and exacerbation.
Surgery is rarely used to treat corns but is occasionally required. Corn surgery addresses the underlying issue that caused a corn to develop. During the procedure, the bone is shaved and any abnormalities are corrected to reduce the amount of friction that occurs during walking.
The key to preventing corns is to reduce friction. So, always wear shoes that fit well and don’t rub the feet in vulnerable places. Cushioned insoles can also reduce friction.
If you or someone you know has a corn, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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