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A corn is a bump of hard skin on the foot. They typically appear as a raised hard, yellowish patch of skin that is often tender to touch and painful when walking or wearing shoes.
A corn is not normally a serious health condition. They tend to form small hard lumps of skin that distinguish them from callus, which form larger patches of thick skin on the feet.
Corns are a result of your body’s natural response to pressure. The pressure compacts the skin into an inverted cone shape which gradually increases in size and eventually causes pain. There can be a number of causes, but normally they develop due to excessive pressure linked to foot shape and poorly fitted shoes. There are common areas of the foot that are more likely to experience pressure, which means they are more prone to corn buildup, these include:
There are many simple at home or over the counter treatments to manage corns. These include:
At home treatments
If home and over-the-counter treatments fail, then it may be best to see a podiatrist, a foot and ankle specialist, who can help resolve the corn by carefully scraping, away the buildup of compressed hard skin. They can also look at offloading high pressure areas using orthotics (insoles) if this is required, or giving good footwear advice.
If you have certain health conditions, such as diabetes, it may be best to see a podiatrist before trying home treatments.
Once your corns have resolved, it is best to keep them from recurring. Simple measures are often effective; try using well cushioned shoes and socks that are thick around the areas that are prone to corn growth, and ensure there is enough space in the toe boxes of your shoes.
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.