Corns can turn a great day into a painful one. They have a tendency of surprising you after they’ve become hardened on your feet. They can occur when the skin of the foot brushes against the inner portion of your shoe. Thankfully, our team of doctors, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
Corns form when there is a buildup of hard or dead skin. The hard skin is produced by keratinocytes on your outer skin. This process occurs because the body tries to defend itself from friction. They usually occur on the top of feet and are curved. If your bone is not in its correct place, skin can become trapped between the bone. If your shoe rubs against this trapped skin, it hardens. Corns can become infected and reduce foot movement. Hard corns generally happen at the top of the little toes because these areas are generally where poor fitting shoes rub against the most. Soft corns occur between toes because of the sweat in those areas.
Treatments can include rubbing oils or eating fiber rich foods. Another treatment method is a corn plaster, which is a ring with a center of salicylic acid that acts to reduce pressure. Yet, if these methods don’t completely alleviate the pressure, the corn will return. Wearing relaxed footwear with inserts and extra wiggle room for your toes will help to keep the pressure down. Surgery may of course be a last resort to physically remove the corn. It is important to note that attempting to remove the corn on your own at home is a bad idea because of the risk of infection.
Visit us to avoid severe foot complications, especially for those who develop corns. Contact our office online for an appointment or call us as soon as possible. Our doctors will know how to treat this condition and get you on the road to recovering from corns.