21 June, 2010

Common foot problems - CORNS


Corns like calluses develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened areas. They contain a cone-shaped core with a point that can press on a nerve below, causing pain. Corns can become inflamed due to constant friction and pressure from footwear. Corns that form between the toes are sometimes referred to as soft corns.


Some of the common causes of corn development are
Tight fitting footwear
High heeled footwear
Tight fitting stockings and socks
Deformed toes
Due to foot sliding forward in a shoe that fits too loosely.

Complications that can arise from corns include bursitis and the development of an ulcer.

Treatment and Prevention

There are very simple ways to prevent and treat the corns.
You should wear properly fitted footwear with extra room in the toe box (toe area).
Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose.
Use an insole that will absorb shock and shear forces.
Also avoid tight socks and stockings to provide a healthier environment for the foot.

Do not use corn removing solutions and medicated pads. These solutions can sometimes increase irritation and discomfort. Diabetics and all other individuals with poor circulation should never use any chemical agents to remove corns.

If the problem persists, consult a Podiatric surgeon

1 comment :

  1. Have seen lot of high profile pts using a corn cap.It doesnt seem to help them infact it causes a sort of discolouration which ultimately brings the patient to us.


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