Corns sound harmless, but to anyone who has experienced them, they know they can be quite deceptive! Thin and smooth layers of the skin eventually turn into a painful, hard or soft area that typically forms on your toes. Corns are the product of compression and resistance on your feet that usually form as they brush against the inner parts of your footwear. You know you have a corn when the skin becomes discolored, coarse, and reddish.
Risk factors for developing corns
Factors that increase the likelihood of causing corns are
- the use of narrow shoes that simply do not fit and which squeeze your toes in an uneven manner
- walking for long periods of time in shoes that do not fit correctly
- having genetic predispositions such as deformities like bunions that make corns likely and other foot complications
With some simple choices in how you treat your feet, you can likely avoid many complications that may be associated with corns.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Wear shoes that fit properly and have wide toe boxes to prevent the onset of corns.
- Use medicated pads to break down the surface of corns.
- Use a pumice stone to scrub the corn.
- Surgical procedures by a podiatrist to remove the corn. The cause of the corn needs to be addressed to avoid corns from forming again.
Podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos takes your foot health seriously and wants to make sure that any corns on your feet are dealt with effectively with lasting results. Contact podiatry office Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM at (773)561-8100 at our Chicago, IL office to schedule an appointment today! We look forward to serving all of your foot and ankle needs. Look over our Patient Education Library for detailed information about common foot and ankle conditions.