Corns are thickened areas on the skin’s surface, and they can be irritating and painful. Corns are commonly found on the feet, and they are typically circular or cone-shaped. They develop where there are areas of pressure or friction, such as on the little toe when it rubs up against shoes, or on the ball of your foot.

While corns are often confused with calluses, there is a difference between them. Corns are raised bumps that consist of rough, thickened areas of skin that may be dry or waxy. They also tend to be surrounded by skin that is inflamed and are usually much smaller and more painful than calluses.

The best treatment for a corn varies from person to person and is best determined by a chiropodist. Diabetics should consult with a chiropodist immediately if they have developed a corn and not try managing it themselves, as small skin lesions such as corns can potentially develop into much more serious conditions.

Custom foot orthotics may help manage plantar pressure – the abnormal forces associated with foot posture leading to the corn developing. If indicated, these may be prescribed and dispensed by your chiropodist.

Surgery is an option to treat corns. Some corns are due to an abnormal skin reaction to the human papilloma virus and may respond to Swift microwave therapy, while others may respond to being excised, or removed by laser or electro surgery.

Sometimes corn surgery deals with the underlying issue that causes corns to develop, for example surgery to correct an underlying deformity.

To prevent corns, the first step is reducing pressure and friction. Always wear shoes that fit well and don’t rub the feet. While there are many ways to prevent corns, it is best to consult a chiropodist with any questions you may have. Call us to book now.

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