Of the many things that can go wrong with your feet, a corn is among the least worrisome. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t just as irritating. At Allcare Foot and Ankle Care, our podiatrists see a variety of problems, ranging from minor problems to major surgeries. On the foot care scale, corns are fairly easy to get rid of, but it does take time and can be frustrating in the meantime. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about corns. If you have additional questions, or if home treatment isn’t successful, get in touch with our Dallas team today for an appointment.
For anyone who has a pair of shoes that are too tight, there’s a good chance you have corns on your feet. After continued pressure is put on your feet or toes, a corn can develop, which is a small part of the skin that has become thick and tough. Typically, corns develop between your toes, on the sides or bottom of your feet, or below the toenail. Sometimes, they can press deep into the layers of skin and can be painful. There are two types of corns:
Corns sound a lot like calluses, right? Well, they are fairly similar, but there is a difference in the size and shape. Calluses are larger, wider, and tend to have an edge that isn’t as clear. Calluses form from putting pressure on the area as you walk. Calluses can form wherever a lot of pressure is being put on your feet, or over a bony area beneath your toes, on your heel and on the side of your big toe.
Possibly most important is knowing how corns and calluses are treated. While there are some home treatments available, if your corn or callus is painful, it’s best to meet with a podiatrist for professional treatment. Professional treatments generally include:
Wearing the right shoe with the right fit is the best way to prevent corns from developing. Before you purchase a pair of shoes, make sure you adequately walk around in them to ensure that there is a snug fit, but not too tight.
Speaking of the right shoe, limit your time spent in high heels as much as possible, or wear the lowest heel possible. Wearing high heels is a major cause of corns for women because the toes are pushed together.
If you do find a shoe that fits correctly, another line of defense is wearing the right type of sock. If you find that you are developing corns consistently, find a brand of socks that offers more padding.
If you have any questions about corns, calluses, or other methods of treatment, give a podiatrist a call today at Allcare Foot and Ankle Care. Our Dallas and Arlington offices are here to ensure you love your feet.