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Hard and Soft Corns

A corn on the foot can cause pain that can be so severe many people change their gait, or walking style, to compensate for their discomfort. A corn is a small area of hardened skin that forms on the side of the pinky toe, on top of the toes, or the bottom of the foot. It happens due to wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, and the constant motion of the toe rubbing against the shoe can cause that area to become red and uncomfortable. It naturally forms as a defense mechanism to protect the skin from further damage. Many people who wear high heels can develop corns and may choose to wear a protective pad on top of the corn. Relief may be found when larger shoes are worn and the pressure is relieved. Hard corns look white in appearance and can have a center to them. Soft corns can develop between the toes as a result of moisture that accumulates in that area. If you have developed a corn on your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you effective prevention and relief techniques. 

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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