What are corns?
Corns, like calluses, develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened areas.
They contain a cone-shaped core with a point that can press on a nerve below, causing pain. Corns are a very common ailment that usually form on the tops, sides, and tips of the toes. Corns can become inflamed due to constant friction and pressure from footwear. Corns that form between the toes are sometimes referred to as soft corns.
What causes corns?
Some of the common causes of corn development are tight fitting footwear, high-heeled footwear, tight fitting stockings and socks, deformed toes, or the foot sliding forward in a shoe that fits too loosely.
Soft corns result from bony prominences and are located between the toes. They become soft due to perspiration in the forefoot area.
What are symptoms of corns?
Complications that can arise from corns include bursitis and ulcer development.
How do you treat and prevent corns?
A simple way to prevent and treat corns is to avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose, and to wear properly fitted footwear with extra room in the toe box. Use an orthotic or shoe insert made with materials that will absorb shock and shear forces. Also avoid tight socks and stockings to provide a healthier environment for the foot.
Try to avoid corn-removing solutions and medicated pads, which can sometimes increase irritation and discomfort. Diabetics and all individuals with poor circulation should never use any chemical agents to remove corns.
If the problem persists, consult your doctor. Your Fit Specialist at Stan’s will advise you on appropriate footwear for your condition.
Courtesy of foot.com