If you have pain on the top or side of your toe it may be caused by a hardened growth on the skin known as a corn, or heloma. Hard corns usually form if the toe repeatedly rubs against the side or top of your shoe. Soft corns can develop between the toes as they rub against each other when you walk. Sometimes these become infected. In both cases, the culprit is likely to be shoes that are too tight or pointy, causing the friction that forms into a corn. It’s not a good idea to cut or remove a corn yourself but soaking your feet in warm water to soften it may help. Then you can use a pumice stone, or nail file, to reduce the size of the corn. One of the main things you can do is to find shoes that help to reduce the friction. They should have a wider, roomy toe box and be made of a flexible material. If you frequently develop corns, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist who can examine your feet, remove the corns, and offer treatment options to prevent them from recurring.
Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.
Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:
- Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
- Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
- Wearing only shoes that offer support
Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.