Corns Keep Slithering Into the Conversation
Corns have a way of finding their way back into the conversation. This speaks to their stubborn ability to impact foot and ankle health. Our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM, can treat corns with precision at NOLA Sole Podiatry, located in New Orleans, LA, 504-302-1586.
Corns are small areas of thickened skin resulting from pressure. They can be painful and come in two forms:
- Hard corns occur on the top of smaller toes due to badly fitting shoes.
- Soft corns occur in between the toes due to the moisture between them. These are more susceptible to infections.
This condition is likely to occur on individuals with bony toes, thin skin or that have deformities that produce a higher likelihood of the toes rubbing onto the inside of shoes. Bunion formation leads to higher risks of corns because they tend to produce an oddly shaped foot which causes increased rubbing inside of shoes.
As for treatment, corns should not be cut on your own; however, they may be trimmed down by a medical professional to reduce the thickened skin. This will help to reduce pressure underneath the layers of dead skin of the corn. A pumice stone can be used to remove layers of dead skin if the corn is not infected. Utilizing the appropriate footwear is another factor in preventing this condition as overly tight shoes cause toes to rub against the inside of the shoe and increase the amount of pressure placed on the toes. This is why shoes with soft uppers and low heels are especially helpful. Footpads are also very helpful as they provide cushioning and allow the corn to heal. Toe splints can keep toes separated and reduce the amount of friction placed upon them.
When these methods are not enough, surgical procedures may become necessary to stop recurrent issues caused by this condition. This can be accomplished by straightening a deformed toe or removing a part of a bone that is protruding from the toe. We recommend that you contact us now so that we can help avoid surgery and eliminate your corns for good!