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A corn is one of the less concerning foot problems among the many that might occur. But that doesn’t make them any less annoying. Our podiatrists treat a wide range of issues at the Doncaster Foot Clinic, from minor issues to complicated procedures. Corns are rather simple to remove, however, it does take time and can be frustrating while waiting. To discover everything there is to know about corn removal, keep reading. 

What Exactly are Corns? 

If you wear a pair of shoes that are too small, you probably have corns on your feet. A corn, a small area of the skin that has grown thick and tough from repeated pressure, can form on your feet or toes. Typically, corns form on the sides or bottom of the feet,  in the space between the toes or even under the toenail. They occasionally have the capacity to cause discomfort by growing deeply into the skin’s layers. Two varieties of corn exist:

  • 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 are also prone to becoming infected if left untreated.
  • Hard corns: Sometimes caused when shoes don’t fit properly, pressure from the shoes might cause them to form. They frequently develop on the bottom of the foot, the outside of the little toe or on top of smaller toes.

What is the Difference between a Corn and a Callus?

Calluses and corns sound similar, don’t they? However, they differ in size and shape, but otherwise, they are quite similar. Greater, wider calluses typically have a less distinct edge. A corn tends to have a darkened circle in the centre and are generally painful when prssure is applied directly over it. As you walk, pressure on the area causes calluses to develop. Calluses can develop over bony areas like the ball of your foot, on your heel, on the side of your big toe, or anywhere there is a lot of pressure being placed on your foot.

How Do You Treat a Corn? 

Understanding how to treat corns and calluses is crucial unless you want to walk in discomfort. While there are some at-home remedies available, it is recommended to visit a podiatrist for expert care if your corn or callus is uncomfortable. Professional therapies typically consist of:

  • Foot pads and toe protection: A foot pad inside the shoe can lessen the pain, although it is not a treatment or a permanent solution. Another solution to prevent your toes from rubbing against one another is a toe splint.
  • Chemical treatment: With the exception of the use of chemical treatments that would destroy the skin, this therapeutic approach is comparable to trimming. Salicylic acid, which dissolves the keratin that makes up dead skin, is one of the most popular products. You should always consult a health care professional before applying chemical treatments to your feet, however.
  • Trimming: Use a pumice stone to gently scrape away the thick layers of skin on your feet after soaking them for around 20 minutes to soften the skin. A podiatrist can remove the skin more successfully by using a scalpel. You won’t feel it and your foot will experience less pressure as a result.

How Can You Prevent Corns in the Future 

One of the easiest ways to stop corns from forming is to wear sensible shoes that fit properly. Make sure you take the time to walk around in a new pair of shoes before you buy them to make sure they are comfortable and not too tight. Speaking of the proper footwear, try to avoid wearing high heels frequently and instead opt for the one with the lowest heel. Because the toes are forced closer together when wearing high heels, meaning ladies are more likely to get corns on and in between the toes.

If you do manage to find a pair of shoes that fit properly, wearing the appropriate kind of sock is another line of protection. Find a brand of socks with additional padding if you notice that you are repetitively getting corns or hard skin on the bottom of your feet.

For more information on corn removal, 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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When to Remove a Corn