Corns tend to be a problem, even though they might not interfere with foot function for some. They grow on the top of the feet and can also happen when a bone is misshapen. They become difficult and obvious when infected. Corns are also generally more likely to develop when the toes are slender. The shape of the toes may allow for corns to be more prevalent if there is a great amount of sweat in that location. Corns can be hard or soft and can form from inappropriately sized shoes for your feet, from abstaining from using socks when wearing shoes and from the pressure that causes frequent friction on the foot. Corns are also present in the feet of athletes, those who spend long periods of time on their feet and anyone who is exposed to uneven pressures on the foot caused by shoes.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Try scraping away the skin of corn with a pumice stone. Make sure that the foot is soaked in warm water prior to attempting this. Otherwise, a medical professional will be better suited for removing the dead skin layers to access the corn.
- Use support devices such as wedges to reduce pressure.
- Place custom-fitted orthotics to redistribute pressure away from the toes.
- Padding will also be helpful.
- Use shoes that fit correctly.
- Use creams that are medicated to kill any infections and especially powders to lessen any sweat between the toes.
- Surgical procedures can also be helpful to remove deformed bones. This can be very helpful in the prevention of corns.
Contact us at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will determine the cause of your corns and provide quality treatment to help prevent them from causing problems to your toes again! Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and look over our Patient Education section for more helpful foot and ankle information.