Corns like calluses develop from an
accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened
areas. They contain a cone-shaped core with a point that can press on a
nerve below, causing pain. Corns are a very common ailment that usually
form on the tops, sides and tips of the toes. Corns can become inflamed
due to constant friction and pressure from footwear. Corns that form
between the toes are sometimes referred to as soft corns.
Some of the common causes of corn
development are tight fitting footwear, high heeled footwear, tight
fitting stockings and socks, deformed toes, or the foot sliding forward in
a shoe that fits too loosely. Soft corns result from bony prominences and
are located between the toes. They become soft due to perspiration in the
Complications that can arise from corns
include bursitis and the development of an ulcer.
Treatment and Prevention
There are very simple ways to prevent and
treat the corns. You should wear properly fitted footwear with extra room
in the toe box (toe area). Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose.
Use an orthotic or shoe insert made with materials that will absorb shock
and shear forces. Also avoid tight socks and stockings to provide a
healthier environment for the foot.
Try to steer away from corn removing
solutions and medicated pads. These solutions can sometimes increase
irritation and discomfort. Diabetics and all other individuals with poor
circulation should never use any chemical agents to remove corns.
If the problem persists, consult your