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Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.
Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under the skin
Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Use padding or bandages in your shoes
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
- After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
- Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft
If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:
- Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
- Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
- Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
- Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment
You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.
Corns and calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that develop in response to your body's natural defense to repeated pressure or friction. While neither condition presents a long-term or serious health risk, they can be painful, irritating and unattractive.
Identifying a Corn or Callus
Corns and calluses are similar in nature, but differ in size and location. Corns are smaller than calluses and usually have a hard, thickened center surrounded by red, inflamed skin. They typically develop on the tops and sides of your toes and can be painful when touched. Calluses generally develop on your heels and balls of your feet. They vary in size and shape, although almost always larger than corns.
For most people who develop calluses or corns, eliminating the source of pressure is usually enough to make the thickened skin disappear. We recommend the following for treating corns and calluses:
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks. When footwear fits properly, there is less opportunity for friction and rubbing to occur.
- Soak your feet in warm, soapy water to help remove corns and calluses. Rub the thickened skin with a pumice stone to remove toughened layers more easily.
- Keeping your feet moisturized with foot cream or lotion will help improve the quality of your skin and rid your feet from calluses or corns.
When to Seek Care
When corns and calluses don't respond to conservative care, contact our office for a careful evaluation. We can investigate the possible causes of your corn or callus, safely remove the thick, hardened area of skin, and recommend appropriate footwear and treatment, including padding and inserts. Never attempt to cut away a corn or callus on your own, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation. Instead, seek advice for careful removal and proper care.
Corns can affect anyone and may become quite a nuisance if left untreated. However, corns actually form to protect your feet’s skin from further injury. Do you know how you can keep your feet healthy and corn-free? Find out with Dr. Steven Vetter at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA.
What is a corn?
A corn is an area of skin which has become thickened due to friction or pressure. Calluses do not have the inner core characteristic of corns and do not require treatment. Corns can be soft or hard, with both types potentially, but not always, causing pain while walking. Soft corns form between the toes while hard corns form on the toes’ top, outer skin.
How does a corn form?
Corns usually present themselves due to wearing an ill-fitting shoe. Corns may also form due to an abnormal gait or foot deformities such as flat feet. Repeated motions like those found in sports may also cause corns. Corns and calluses are often confused. However, corns are usually hard, thick patches of skin that may have a ring around the outside with an obvious core at the center. Soft corns found between the toes may look like a sore.
Corn Treatment in Fairfax, VA
Diagnosing a corn begins with a physical examination. While some minor corns resolve themselves when the patient begins wearing correctly fitting shoes, your doctor may suggest other treatments. Try wearing shoes with a wider toe box with plenty of room for your feet and toes. Protective padding placed inside your shoes may decrease the amount of pressure and friction placed on the corn. Some cases require your doctor to trim down the corn, called paring. Dr. Vetter can help you determine the best course of treatment for your corn.
For more information on corns, please contact Dr. Steven Vetter at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA. Call (703) 352-8888 to schedule your foot examination today!