If you are experiencing thick bumps of skin on your feet, you are not alone. Millions of cases of corns are reported annually. While corns are most typically reported in those over the age of 65, they can actually impact anyone. This guide will help you learn how to identify corns and deal with them safely.
What Are Corns?
Corns are thick, hard layers of skin that may appear between the toes as well as on top or on the sides of the feet. Fortunately, corns are typically easy to spot. They are large bumps that are thicker than your usual callus. Even the smallest corns may feel painful to the touch. These nuisances may appear translucent or even waxy at first, but they will feel tougher than a blister. Over time, the rounded bump may appear flaky.
What Causes Corns?
Generally, corns are caused by friction and pressure. In fact, you are most likely to find corns on the areas of your feet that bear the most weight or in areas where your foot rubs against a shoe regularly. For instance, you are likely to develop corns on the pinky toe as it rubs against the inside of your shoe when you walk. You can actually consider a corn as your body’s way of defending against the pressure and friction. No matter why corns develop, you certainly want them to go away quickly.
How Are Corns Treated?
The good news about corns is that they are easily treated, and you are likely to see them clear up in a matter of weeks or months. Sometimes the matter is as simple as changing the type of shoes you wear, minimizing the amount of time you spend in tight footwear.
Trimming the corn may be another option. You should never try to shave your own corns. The doctor will be able to pare down the thickened skin safely, preventing infection and other issues.
In other cases, you can use an over-the-counter medication that will help eliminate the bumps. Corns can be treated with many of the ingredients used to treat warts, so most of the products contain salicylic acid. Sideline Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offers specialized foot and ankle treatment. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schopf to discuss any concerns you many have about your feet or ankles. We offer accurate diagnosis and treatment for conditions of the feet. If you frequently experience corns, the doctor may decide to assess your feet and your gait to look for abnormalities.
Sideline Orthopedics and Sports Medicine encourages you to see the doctor if you have corns. This is especially the case if you have diabetes, poor circulation, or the pain becomes unbearable. You should also see the doctor if you notice signs of infection in your corns. If you have questions, contact us to learn more about your options.