What are corns? And how do we treat them?

Corns are common problems that form on the toes and soles of peoples feet. They are small areas of thickened skin that can feel similar to having a stone in your shoe and they are often very painful.

Our skin naturally thickens to the friction and pressure of everyday walking. It is the body’s way of protecting the skin from harm. When this pressure is applied to a very small area (often over a bony prominence or joint) the skin thickens more than usual and forms a very hard type of skin called a corn. 

Unfortunately this very hard skin creates more pressure, causing the body to form more hard skin as a further form of protection. Over time this cycle continues and the corns progress deeper into the foot.

When left untreated, corns not only continue to become more painful, but they can become infected and/or begin to secrete pus.

But there is a solution. Podiatrists can help by removing the overlying skin, and removing the corn using a scalpel blade. This not only removes the hard skin, but maintains the health of the surrounding skin (which can be damaged using at-home corn pads). Podiatrists can also help to slow down the development of future corns. Improving your biomechanics, redistributing pressure, or adding extra padding to footwear; your podiatrist can help find the best solution that works for you.

If you’re having problems with corns and thick skin, call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment today.

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