Foot corns are among the most common problems affecting the feet. Pressure or irritation to the skin from wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes can cause inflammation.
Over time, this inflammation can lead to the formation of scar-tissue which eventually leads to the formation of corns.
Commonly, corns form on the toes or the joints where the skin is thin and there is little or no hair. And while in most cases corns don’t present any serious health risks, they can be very uncomfortable and cause pain.
The good news, however, is that foot corns can be treated and prevented if you take proper care of your feet.
The most common areas of the feet where foot corns can develop include the following:
- Sides of the feet.
- Between the toes.
- Under the feet.
- Under the bed of the toenail.
4 Common Symptoms of Foot Corns
Corns are small and clearly defined with hardened cores. The skin which surrounds the hardened core is often inflamed. If you notice these symptoms, it is most likely due to corn formation.
- The skin at the affected area feels bumpy, waxy, or rough.
- The affected spot is sensitive to touch.
- The corn patch is yellowish in color.
- Wearing shoes causes pain.
Are Foot Corns Always Hard?
Some foot corns are hard while some can be soft. Those corns which form between the toes are usually rubbery to touch, whitish, and soft. While hard corns are more likely to form on the bony parts where the skin is thin, and the bone comes in direct contact with the surface of the shoe.
The third type of foot corn which is much smaller is known as seed corns. These corns are more common to the ball area of the foot. Because the core of the corns runs perpendicularly from the top to the lower tissues, it can put pressure on the nerves, which can lead to the characteristic stabbing pain associated with corns.
How Can I Treat my Foot Corn?
There are plenty of home-remedies which can offer relief from the pain and discomfort caused by foot corns. Consider the following:
File the Corn
- Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt for 10-20 minutes so that the skin softens.
- Dry your feet and apply a deep hydrating or intensive moisturizing lotion to further soften the skin.
- Follow this procedure daily until the corn becomes soft and is no longer painful.
- Next, using a pumice stone gently rub the corn.
- If the corn is between your toes, you can use a nail file (emery board) to gently rub the corn.
- Don’t try to file the corn away in one session; it can take up to a few days or even weeks to completely get rid of the corn.
Over the counter (OTC) treatment options are also available. These include adhesive corn patches or corn removers which come with salicylic acid. However, if these products cause irritation, discontinue their use immediately.
Switching to more comfortable footwear can also help alleviate the discomfort and pain and prevent the corns from developing again.
When should I seek medical attention?
If your corn is extremely painful and/or starts bleeding it could be because of deep tissue damage. At this point, it is best to consult with a professional podiatrist.
If you suffer from other health complications such as diabetes, if you suffer from poor blood circulation to the feet, or if you have leg edema, having the corn treated by a professional podiatrist is necessary if you want to avoid further complications.
Prevention is Possible
Comfortable footwear can effectively help prevent the formation of foot corns. This is especially critical if you are required to stand on your feet or must walk for long periods of time. The good news, however, is that foot corns can be treated, and with proper care, they can also be prevented from developing again.
Consult with Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle
Are you suffering from foot corns? Is the pain and discomfort affecting your physical movements? Are you looking for an effective treatment option for your foot corn? If yes, we at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle can help you. Connect with us here or give us a call today to set up an appointment!