A corn is a hard, protective shield that the foot develops to defend itself against pressure, irritation, or friction. The pressure or friction that most commonly causes corns is produced simply by shoes. The shoe rubs against joints, usually the toes, until nature feels the damage and starts to build a protective layer of hard, dead skin. The longer the pressure continues, the worse the corn gets.
Many times there is an underlying hammertoe deformity causing either one of the joints or the end of the toe to get more pressure than the rest of the foot. When the weight of your body is focused on a certain point or toe on your foot, it can cause a number of foot problems such as calluses and corns.
Soft corns may form between the toes as a result of pressure from one toe rubbing against its neighbor. One thing you should keep in mind is that corns have no age limit. Children often develop corns due to their little feet quickly outgrowing their shoes — causing the toes to rub both on the shoe and against each other more than normal.
Treatment Of Corns
If you have a corn, home treatment might consist of soaking the foot in warm, soapy water. After soaking, use a pumice stone or fine emery board to file the surface of the corn. This should be done carefully and gently so that no damage is done to the healthy tissue near or beneath the corn. Wearing a doughnut-shaped pad can also help ease the pressure on your corn.
If pain still persists, seek professional help from the foot specialists at A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center. Remember to never use a sharp instrument to cut or probe a corn on your own.
Perhaps the most important and effective treatment for corns is finding and correcting the problem that caused the corn in the first place — whether it be deformity, disease, biomechanical dysfunction, or simply wearing the wrong shoes.
A thorough examination by a doctor of podiatric medicine can help determine whether your corns are caused or aggravated by other health problems and what remedies should be considered. Contact A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center today for more information about your corns.
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If you or your child is dealing with the discomfort of corns, contact your local podiatrist at A Step Ahead Foot and Ankle Center today!