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Would you like to learn more about corns from your Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist?
What is a corn?
It's a small circular thickened lesion in the skin of the foot caused by pressure or friction over bony areas, such as a joint. Corns affect people who already have foot deformities, such as hammertoes.
What are the symptoms of corns?
- A thick and rough area of skin
- A hardened and raised bump
- Tenderness and/or pain under skin
- Flaky, dry and/or waxy skin
What are other causes of corns developing?
There are several reasons people develop corns, according to your Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist. Here are a few:
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Skipping socks
- Bone spur
What types of corns are there?
There are five different types of corns:
- Hard corns are the most common corns that appear as a small, thick pea sized protrusion on the skin.
- Soft corns are similar to hard corns in terms of how they form but have a white rubbery texture.
- Seed corns are tiny painless corns that appear singly or in clusters on the bottom of the foot.
- Vascular/neurovascular corns have nerve fibers and blood vessels which makes them painful and susceptible to profuse bleeding if cut.
- Fibrous corns are long-lasting corns that have attached themselves to deeper tissues.
How do you treat corns?
There are a few home remedies and lifestyle changes you can make. Soak the corn in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes and gently massage over it with a pumice stone to remove dead skin. Use moisturizer every that contains salicylic acid, urea, or ammonium lactate to help soften skin, and wear properly fitted and padded shoes.
Extreme cases may call for surgery but you will need to consult your doctor to first evaluate your specific situation.
If you have any questions about corns, make sure you contact your Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist.
Wondering how you got the corns on your feet? Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry, treats corns at his Indianapolis, IN, area offices in Carmel and Greenwood/Southport. He explains how corns develop and discusses treatment options.
What causes corns?
Corns form due to friction. Tight shoes are often the cause of the condition. When your shoes exert constant pressure on your feet, your body reacts by producing a corn. If your shoes are so tight that your toes rub together, the constant friction can cause corns on the sides of your toes. Do you have a hammertoe or bunions? It's not unusual to also have corns because it's difficult to find shoes that don't rub against your feet. Other possible causes of corns include bone spurs, an abnormal gait or flat feet.
What's the difference between corns and calluses?
Both corns and calluses cause the skin in the affected area to thicken. If you have a callus, the skin will remain flat, even though it's thicker than normal. Corns look like raised bumps. Under the skin, the core of the corn may be hard or soft. Corns aren't always painful, but they can be if you have an open sore or if the core happens to push on a nerve. If your corns do hurt, the pain may increase when you wear shoes that press on them.
How are corns treated?
If you suspect that tight shoes are the cause of your corns, it's important to switch to roomier shoes. Placing self-stick cushions over your corns can be helpful, as can using toe separators to reduce rubbing and friction. You may be able to reduce the size of your corn by soaking it in warm water for about 15 minutes, then gently removing the hardened skin with a pumice stone.
If you have diabetes, don't use a pumice stone on your foot. Call our Carmel or Greenwood/Southport office to schedule an appointment instead. Attempting to treat the condition at home can increase your risk of infection.
Whether you have diabetes or home treatment just isn't effective in relieving your corn pain, we can help you feel better. In addition to removing the corns, we can offer orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts that improve the position of your foot when you wear shoes.
Although corns aren't usually a serious condition, they can certainly be painful. If your corn hasn't improved with home treatment, visit Dr. Agricola, our Indianapolis foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry. Schedule an appointment by calling (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office and (317) 881-0070 for the Greenwood/Southport office.