A corn is defined as a small, hardened area of skin that can form on different areas of the foot. A common place a corn can be found is on the outside of the pinky toe. Even though corns are small they can cause the gait or walking style to change. Corns may develop as a result of excess friction that is caused by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Some people may experience corns between the toes, and these are referred to as soft corns. When a corn forms on the bottom of the foot it is known as a seed corn. Seed corns may form from clogged sweat ducts, and it may be beneficial to wear socks that are made of breathable materials. If you have a corn on your foot, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can remove it and offer you effective prevention methods.
Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Orange County Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.
Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:
- Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
- Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
- Wearing only shoes that offer support
Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Orange, Newport Beach, and Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.