– Corns are very hard callous concentrated in
a very small area often resulting in inflammation and
acute pain. There are two types of corns: hard corns
and soft corns. Hard corns are usually found on the
ball of the foot, on the side or the tip of toes. Soft
corns can develop on the end of the toes or between
them, where the skin stays moist because of sweat or
insufficient drying. Soft corns look white and rubbery
and are also very painful.
CAUSES – Through everyday
walking, standing and bearing the normal pressures of
movement, your feet are sometimes subjected to a lot
of friction or pressure on specific parts of your feet’s
skin. Corns are a natural response of the body, to continuous
pressure or friction in specific areas of the foot.
Corns can therefore be the symptoms of underlying problems
and may be early warning signs of abnormalities in the
bone structure or in the way you walk. They can also
be caused by ill-fitting or inappropriate footwear.
TREATMENT – Since
corns are often symptoms of other problems, it is important
to have a podiatrist check your feet and find the cause
of the corns. painful corns can be regularly pared back
and gently removed by a podiatrist but to prevent them
from reoccurring, the pressure on the foot needs be
redistributed for long term relief. This can be achieved
by wearing insoles (also called “orthotics”)
which will correct the way someone walks and redistribute
the continuous pressure or friction in specific areas
of the foot. Orthotics
will also help absorb shock and distribute pressure
equally over the whole foot.
Footwear may need to be checked and changed since properly
fitting shoes are essential to prevent extrafriction.
The toe box should be high and wide enough so as to
not squash or squeeze the toes. Shoes that are too tight
or too loose need to be avoided.
The daily use of a moisturiser on your feet will help
keep your skin supple.
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procedures, give us