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If you wear a pair of shoes that are too small, you may be at risk of a corn on your feet or toes. Feet can be a sensitive subject and some people are too embarrassed to seek help from a specialist for any issues. Corn removal is a common and pain-free treatment in podiatry and can help prevent further problems from arising. So, if you find a corn on your feet, it is important to get the right help. Let’s have a closer look at corn removal and what you should know before seeing a podiatrist.

What Are Corns?

Corns  form on your feet or toes due to repeated friction or pressure. A corn is a small, round area of skin that has grown thick and tough, causing discomfort. Typically, corns form beneath the toenail, on the sides or bottom of the feet, or in the space between the toes. They occasionally have the capacity to cause discomfort by pressing deeply into the skin’s layers.

There are two varieties of corn:

  • Hard Corns – When shoes don’t fit properly, pressure and friction from the shoes might cause a hard corn to form. They frequently develop on the outside of the little toe or the top of smaller toes. Hard corns also commonly form on the balls of the feet due to abnormal pressure over these areas when weight-bearing. 
  • Soft Corns – This kind of corn is softer since your perspiration keeps your feet moist. These normally develop between the fourth and fifth toe. Soft corns may develop an infection if left untreated.

Corns vs Calluses

Occasionally, corns and calluses are used interchangeably and people diagnose them as the same thing. However, there are certain differences that you should know. Calluses typically form on pressure points like the heels, balls of the feet and palms of the hands,  which can be uncomfortable but rarely painful. They are frequently bigger than corns and can be of different sizes and shapes.

In contrast to calluses, corns are smaller and deeper and feature a hard centre, in some cases surrounded by swollen skin. Directly pressing them might be unpleasant. On the balls of the feet and tops of the toes, hard corns frequently develop. Between the little toes, soft corns frequently develop. So, it is important to see a podiatrist for corn removal to ensure these painful little lumps of hard skin don’t manifest into bigger ones.

How to Prevent Corns

To prevent corns, there are several factors you can undertake that will eliminate elements of friction and prevent the corns from forming. For example, make sure the shoes and socks you are wearing fit properly and are not causing any excessive rubbing. Ensure you are getting your foot size properly measured so that they are not too loose or too tight. 

Also, make sure you are trimming your toenails so that the nails are not forcing your toes against your shoe. If not properly treated, this will result in pressure forming over time that may cause a corn underneath the toenail to manifest. Ensure you are regularly washing your feet with soap and water, moisturising afterwards for a proper foot treatment. At Doncaster Foot Clinic, we offer expert, medical foot treatments to ensure they are as healthy as they can be. This includes corn removal services, foot soaks and recommendations on the best lotions and oils you should use. Find out more about our services here. 

Doncaster Foot Clinic

At the Doncaster Foot Clinic, all of our specialists are HCPC registered and are members of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. With over 40 years of experience in the team, we are here to help with all types of foot care. Whether this is treating verrucas or helping with corn removal. We are here to help!

For more information, or to see how we can help you, give us a call at 01302 342 971 and speak to one of our experts today. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and keep up to date with the latest services.

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What Should You Know About Corn Removal?