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 than calluses.

The best treatment for a corn varies from person to person and is best determined by a podiatrist. Certain topical over-the-counter products may be suggested, or a more serious treatment may be prescribed. Diabetics should consult with a podiatrist immediately if they have developed a corn, as small wounds such as corns can potentially develop into more serious conditions.

Orthotic inserts, which are fitted by a podiatrist, may also help with treating corns. Inserts fit right into the shoes and adjust the way the feet fit into the shoes, thus fixing the way one walks. Proper-fitting orthotics can help reduce friction, which can in turn help reduce corn formation and exacerbation.

Surgery is rarely used to treat corns, but does occur on occasion. Corn surgery deals with the underlying issue that causes corns to develop. During surgery, the bone is shaved and any abnormalities are corrected, thus reducing the amount of friction that occurs during walking.

To prevent corns, the first step is reducing friction. Always wear shoes that fit well and don’t rub the feet. Wearing cushioned insoles in your shoes can also reduce friction. While there are many ways to prevent corns, it is best to consult a podiatrist with any questions you may have.

Corns (FAQs)

What are foot corns?
Corns are small, hard, raised lumps of skin that can appear on the feet in response to friction and pressure. They are called corns due to their resemblance to a corn kernel. Corns can be soft or hard. Soft corns usually develop between the toes and have a rubbery texture. Hard corns usually form on the tops of toes and are more dry and dense.
Are foot corns painful?
Corns can be painful, especially when pressure is applied to them. Pressure exerted on corns while walking, standing, or simply wearing shoes and going about your daily activities can cause pain or discomfort. The corns may also become red and inflamed.
What are the treatments for foot corns?
Soaking the feet in warm water, buffing away hardened skin with a wet pumice stone, and applying a moisturizer may help relieve symptoms. Wearing wider, open-toes shoes and using adhesive corn pads can take pressure off of the corns.
Can a corn go away on its own?
It is possible for corns to go away on their own if you take care to avoid putting too much pressure on them. Nevertheless, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with the most appropriate treatments for you, especially if your corns are severely painful or chronic. You should also see a podiatrist for treatment if you have diabetes, as diabetics are at an increased risk of developing complications from corns. 

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