What Are Corns and How Are They Treated?
Corns are a common foot ailment that affect an untold amount of podiatry patients every year. They consist of skin that has thickened and hardened, similar to a callus, but mostly occurring on or between the toes. In order for corn sufferers to better manage their condition, it is important that they understand several facets of the condition itself:
- The causes of corns
- Potential risk factors
- Symptoms of corns
- Possible complications of untreated or poorly managed corns
- Ways in which a podiatrist can successfully treat corns
Let’s take a look at each of these topics in detail.
The Causes of Corns
The main cause of corns is pressure or friction on the toes. This pressure and friction may be caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes, or not wearing socks while wearing any type of closed shoe.
Potential Risk Factors for Corns
Certain other foot conditions may put you at a slightly more elevated risk for corns, including the following:
- Skeletal deformities of the foot
In addition to these conditions that make a person more susceptible to corns, other medical conditions may make corns worse, such as diabetes, or certain cardiac or circulatory problems. It is important to not try to manage corns on your own if you suffer from any medical conditions that may impact the feet. Seek the help of a well-respected podiatrist.
Symptoms of Corns
Corns may have a number of symptoms which include lumps of hard, thick skin on or between the toes that may appear round, or slightly cone shaped. The affected skin may appear flaky and may feel painful.
Possible Complications of Untreated or Poorly Managed Corns
The complications of corns can range from unmitigated foot pain to infection, so it is important to seek proper treatment as soon as you feel that the corns have become a problem. Attempting to remove the corns by yourself, for example, may leave your wound open to invading germs, potentially causing a much more serious problem, and leaving your painful, bothersome corns untreated can lead to a lower quality of life. Neither of these situations are ideal, so it is always best to seek help.
Ways in Which a Podiatrist Can Successfully Treat Corns
When seeking proper medical treatment to alleviate foot conditions like corns, there are a number of ways in which a podiatrist can help:
- Potentially surgically removing the corn
- Laser therapy
- Recommending orthopaedic socks and shoes that will help prevent a recurrence of corns
Looking for a Podiatrist?
If you suffer from corns and are in want of medical treatment and are in the Berkshire, Reading area, look no further than Michael Rooks, Chiropodist. His practice offers many solutions for your condition, including laser therapy and orthotics. One glance at his website will show you testimonials of patients just like you, now much happier, thanks to Mr Rooks!