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Corns are thickened areas on the skin’s surface, to the point of
being irritating and sometimes painful. Commonly found on the
feet, corns are circular or cone-shaped and develop where there
are areas of pressure or friction, such as on the little toe when it
rubs up against shoes or on the ball of your foot.
Corns are often confused with a callus, but there is a difference
between them. Corns can be raised bumps that are painful to
the touch. They consist of a rough, thick area of skin that may
be dry or waxy. Corns tend to be surrounded by skin that is
inflamed, and are usually much smaller than calluses.
The best treatment for a corn varies from person to person and
is best determined by a podiatrist. Certain topical over-the-
counter products may be suggested, or a more serious
treatment may be prescribed. Diabetics should consult with a
podiatrist immediately if they have developed a corn, as small
wounds such as corns can develop into more serious conditions.
Orthotic inserts, which are fitted by a podiatrist, may also help
with treating corns. Inserts fit right into the shoes and adjust
the way the feet fit into the shoes, thus fixing the way one
walks. Proper-fitting orthotics can help reduce friction, which
can in turn help reduce corn formation and exacerbation.
Surgery can be used to treat corns. Corn surgery actually deals
with the underlying issue that causes corns. During surgery, the
bone is shaved and any abnormalities are corrected, thus
reducing the amount of friction that occurs during walking.
To prevent corns, the first step is reducing friction. Always wear
shoes that fit well and don’t rub the feet. Wearing cushioned
insoles in your shoes can also reduce friction. While there are
many ways to prevent corns, it is best to consult a podiatrist
with any questions you may have.
Kelly N. May, DPM, FACFAS
Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
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