Corns develop because every day, the feet are generally exposed to several hours of steps and pressure applied when standing. It is this pressure that causes corns to form on the skin of the foot that can be exasperated when they are bunched together in tight and narrow shoes. Corns can become soft or hard, depending on the location of the toes they form on. Seed corns form underneath the foot and do so because of sweat glands being clogged. This condition can cause discomfort, with soft corns being the most painful due to their propensity to become infected. For these reasons, it is imperative that they are treated early on to avoid complications.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Soaking the corns in warm water to soften them up so that the outer layers can be shaved off.
- Utilizing chemical acid treatments to lessen the hardened layers of skin on corns. This is especially helpful since it avoids invasive methods such as cutting off layers of the skin as mentioned above.
- Using the correct footwear is very important since it will diminish the amount of friction that the toes experience when rubbing into the inside of shoes.
- Wearing foam pads that cover the corn can assist with reducing the pressure placed on the corn. It’s important to remember that these pads should be non-medicated to reduce the chances of irritation that can cause an infection.
- Placing wool in between toes can provide a cushioning effect that prevents toes from hitting into each other, decreasing the chance of corn formation.
Corns can be an unfriendly condition as they can become painful and infected. They don’t, however, have to be a huge annoyance if they are treated appropriately. Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., can help give your feet the best chance of avoiding this ailment. Please call our office at (404) 355-4522 and expect to feel relief from corns because we’ll provide your feet with the utmost care!
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