Corn Foot Removal

Corn Foot Removal

Corns are usually regular in shape and can be white, gray, or yellow. They most often form on the outside of the first or fifth toes, since this is the point that pressure most often occurs. Corns that form between the toes are called soft corns, and they are not as firm as other corns because of moistness between the toes.

Severe or persistent corns must be treated by our Dermatologist, however, they rarely require surgery.

Persons with diabetes, atherosclerosis or other circulatory diseases should never treat a corn themselves, as their risk of infection is much greater.

Many acid preparations are available for reducing corns and calluses. A commonly used prescription preparation is a mixture of salicylic acid, lactic acids and collodion (Duofilm, Salactic Film and Viranol).

The over-the-counter acids are weaker than their prescription counterparts, such as trichloroacetic acid, 80 percent (Tri-Chlor). Such preparations may be more harmful than helpful, because the bony prominences of the toes have such thin coverings. Acids should not be used by diabetic patients and are not advisable for individuals with impaired sensation or for the elderly with thin skin.

Self Care

Corns are best treated by first eliminating the cause of the pressure. Over-the-counter preparations are available. These include padding (to reduce the friction on the area), ointments and medicated pads (to soften and blister the skin layers, making them easier to remove and reducing the pain).

Prevention of Corns

Wear comfortable shoes. Un-fit footwear often causes corns and calluses. Wear shoes that do not cramp your toes.

Adjust your walking style. An improper gait, such as walking on the sides of your feet, can produce calluses and corns.

Look at the heels on an old pair of shoes. If one side is markedly worn, you may be shifting your weight unevenly as you walk. Use shoe insert (orthotic) that could help distribute your weight more evenly.

Protect your skin. You may select from a wide variety of readily available over-the-counter products such as tufts of lamb's wool, moleskin pads and toe coverings (to protect your skin). If you have any problem of corns visit our Skin Care Clinic or contact us and get our consultations online.

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