Corns have good intentions as they form in response to friction to protect the skin of the feet. The idea is that if the outer skin layer becomes thick, the sensitive layers underneath will be safe from that same friction. Corns, however, can become infected, which can hurt the skin or reduce foot movement. The burden that corns can place on your toes may be surprising to those who think they are harmless.
There are 2 specific types of corns that can occur: hard and soft corns. Hard corns develop at the top of the small toes because they are often subject to hitting against poorly-fitting shoes. Soft corns happen in between toes and stay soft because of the sweat in those areas. It is imperative that you do not risk infection by obtaining proper treatment. The goal is to reduce the pressure that causes corns but also to ensure that they are managed appropriately.
Treatment for this condition:
● Reduce pressure on your feet. This can be done by using comfortable shoes with large amounts of room in toe box area and staying clear of loose-fitting shoes.
● Utilize orthotics to absorb shock when walking or running.
● Keep your toes dry to prevent the buildup of moisture.
● Remove corns surgically by a foot doctor. The doctor will remove by trimming dead layers of skin from the infected location with a surgical instrument.
● Always consult with a podiatrist for other alternative treatments.
Here at the Foot Care Specialists, PC, our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, can help you deal with painful corns. Please make an appointment with our offices located in Quincy (The South Shore, Boston, Metro West area) and Dedham (Boston, Metro West), Massachusetts, by calling (617) 479-7921.