What are the Treatment Options for Stubborn Plantar Corns

Podiatrists can use several methods to treat plantar corns, depending on the severity and location of the corn. Here are some common treatments:

  1. Debridement: The podiatrist will use a scalpel or other instrument to remove the layers of dead skin that make up the corn. This procedure is called debridement. Debridement can be done during a regular office visit and usually provides immediate relief.
  2. Custom Orthotics: Custom orthotics can be used to help redistribute pressure on the foot, which can reduce the risk of developing plantar corns. Orthotics can also be used to treat existing corns by reducing pressure on the area and promoting healing.
  3. Padding: The podiatrist may use padding to relieve pressure on the corn and surrounding area. This can be done with a variety of materials, including moleskin, felt, or foam.
  4. Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid can be applied to the corn to soften the layers of dead skin, making it easier to remove. This treatment is available over-the-counter but should be used with caution as it can damage healthy skin. It should be noted this treatment does not work well on deeper corns as it only treats the superficial layers of skin.

It’s important to note that if you have a persistent or painful corn, it’s best to seek treatment from a podiatrist rather than trying to treat it yourself. A podiatrist can diagnose the underlying cause of the corn and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.