Corns! What are they? How do I get rid of them?

Corns! What are they?  How do I get rid of them?

At Foot Factor Podiatry we help people over come the pain of corns on a daily basis!  Corns may be very small, but can have a huge impact on our every day life and make walking a misery.

You may view our information flyer here: or read on for more information.

 

What exactly is a corn?

A corn is a build up of hard skin in a localised area. Corns can occur in many areas of the feet (tops of toes, in between toes, balls of the feet, under the heel). When removed a corn can look like a small stone or pebble and leave an indent in the foot. It is common for a corn to be mistaken for a wart.

A corn is a build up of hard skin in a localised area. Corns can occur in many areas of the feet (tops of toes, in between toes, balls of the feet, under the heel). When removed a corn can look like a small stone or pebble and leave an indent in the foot. It is common for a corn to be mistaken for a wart.

 

Did you know that if left untreated, the pressure of a corn can cause the skin underneath to break down and result in an ulcer.

 

What would it feel like if I had a corn?

Corns can be very painful, often feeling like a small stone or pebble pressing into the skin. On occasion the skin under a corn can break down, resulting in an ulcer and this can be extremely painful.

 

Did you know that a corn will not “go away” on its own?

 

Why would a corn grow?

Corns will develop as a result of pressure. Initially the hard skin build up is helpful and protects the area. However, as the hard skin continues to build up it can get very painful. Pressure can be from:

1. Footwear

* Shoes too tight (narrow)

* Shoes too shallow

* Rough area on the inside of the shoe

* High heels placing pressure on the ball of the foot

2. Your toe shape – ie if you have a hammer toe

3. A lack of fat pad (internal cushioning)

4. Bony spurring or prominence’s

5. Old scars

**Note, once a corn is removed, if the pressure (cause) of the corn remains, it is more than likely that the corn will regrow.

 

Did you know that some corn pads contain acids, with the idea that the acid burns away the hard skin of the corn. However, if the acid gets onto your healthy, non-corn skin, it will also burn that skin, and this can lead to more serious health concerns.

 

How can I get rid of my corn?

Whilst it is difficult to remove a corn at home without the correct tools, you can certainly help to prevent corns occurring or reoccurring.  Some of these include:

· Ensuring footwear is wide and deep enough

· Ensuring footwear has good cushioning

· Gel toe caps and tubes (available from Foot Factor Podiatry)

· Using a pumice stone or file to keep hard skin to a minimum

· Using cream on your feet to help keep skin soft

 

Did you know that the pain experienced from a corn is significantly reduced, if not gone completely, immediately after removing the corn

 

How we at Foot Factor Podiatry help with your corn.

We are trained in the effective removal of corns. It is usually a painless process. We also assess your corn, feet and footwear to determine the cause of your corn and advise how to prevent the corn form returning.

· Painless Corn removal with immediate relief

· Suggestions to prevent corns from regrowing

* Footwear assessment and advise

*Whether extra cushioning is required

* Advise on the best creams for you to use

Phone Foot Factor Podiatry now on 3133 8134 (or book in via our website) to get immediate relief from your painful corn and find out how to prevent it from returning!