Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
A corn is a small area of skin which has become thickened due to pressure on it. A corn is roughly round in shape, but has a deep hard center. Corns press into the deeper layers of skin and can be painful.
Corns are a thickening of skin on the feet that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure or friction (rubbing) on the skin. The common causes of rubbing and pressure are due to tight or ill-fitting shoes which tend to cause corns on the top of the toes and side of the little toe. Corns are more likely to develop if you have very prominent bony toes, thin skin, or any deformities of the toes or feet which cause the skin to rub more easily inside shoes.
Successful management requires removal of the cause followed by treatment aimed at reducing pain and restoring normal skin function. The Professionals at FHP Group will reduce callus and enucleate (remove) the corn with a scalpel to reduce pain, pads may be advised to alleviate further friction and reduce pain. A review and suggestion of supporting products may be suggested to help absorb shear pressure, and or orthotic wear. It may be necessary to change shoes if they are not suitable for example; a smooth inside to footwear and well-fitting shoes may avoid some of the associated problems. 6-8 week appointments may be necessary to monitor and control the situation.