Corns are caused by excessive pressure on the skin of the foot. Over time, this pressure thickens a portion of the skin and eventually gets inflamed to become a corn. Some causes of corns are:
High heels and tight shoes cause pressure on your feet. This can result in the development of corns. Experts discourage wearing tight shoes as well as loose shoes. This is because loose shoes have extra space where friction takes place.
When you don’t wear socks, you are at risk of developing corns. Without socks, your skin will have direct contact with the surface of your shoes. This prolonged friction will result in the thickening of the skin on your feet.
Certain foot deformities may cause the bones to become more prominent and have less soft tissue covering. This leaves these areas at risk of developing corns.
The loss of fat pad at the bottom of the foot may cause the weight bearing surface of the bones to become inflamed and irritated. Since there is less soft tissue between the bones and hard surfaces, increased pressure can lead to hardening of the skin.
A corn may appear harmless. However, if left untreated, it will often lead to difficulty walking. In the worst cases, corn complications may cause a wound that could potentially lead to amputation. Just like other foot conditions, early detection helps in treating corns. If you know that you have a corn at an early stage, you can often prevent complications.
The following are some early symptoms of corn:
Corns can affect anyone, young and old, male and female. Based on reports, people who are engaged in strenuous activities are more likely to develop corns. Also, people who always put pressure on their feet and hands are at high risk. Aside from these, experts believe that people with underlying foot conditions are more vulnerable in developing corns. Mild corns can be treated using home remedies. Some of the DIY remedies for corn removal are:
Use a Moisturizer. Frequent application of moisturizer prevents corns. This is because moisturizer keeps the skin smooth, reducing friction.
Soak Your Feet. For easier corn removal, soak the affected area in lukewarm water.
Wear Well-fitted Socks and Shoes. Another way to remove corns is by wearing cushioned shoes and socks. This type of foot gear will significantly reduce the friction in your feet.
Utilize Pads. Wearing protective foot pads also helps prevent complications because foot pads prevent the buildup of friction. You can use the generic pads sold in drugstores. However, make sure you choose one without chemicals.
Trim Thickened Skin. You can also remove your corns manually. Do this during or immediately after your bath. Use an emery board, pumice stone, or rough washcloth to thin hardened corns. Once they are thin, they’ll be easier to remove.
When these home remedies do not help resolve your symptoms, see your podiatrist to have the corn professionally removed. Our foot surgeon may consider surgical intervention if the corn is persistent and restricts your daily activities.
Podiatrists will scrape corns using a surgical blade. In the case of recurring corns, we’ll provide additional treatments to remove the corn and prevent recurrence. If the corn is persistent and painful, we can perform surgery to remove any bony prominence that’s causing pressure.
Graff Foot Ankle and Wound Care is the best foot care and treatment clinic in Texas. We have become the premier clinic treating the spectrum of mild to severe foot conditions. Our skilled podiatrists take pride in the leading-edge equipment we use in all of our medical procedures. We’re constantly improving our services to serve you better.
People all over Texas prefer our services due to affordable rates. We want our patients to be able to afford our treatments. We also offer flexible packages to cater to our patients’ preferences. So, if you want to remove your corns for good, choose the best corn removal experts in Texas. Visit us today and get the treatment you need at a price you can afford!
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