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cornsCorns like calluses develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened areas. They contain a cone-shaped core with a point that can press on a nerve below, causing pain. Corns are a very common ailment that usually forms on the tops, sides and tips of the toes. Corns can become inflamed due to constant friction and pressure from footwear. Corns that form between the toes are sometimes referred to as soft corns.

To identify corns, your doctor will examine your foot and may press different areas to assess sensitivity. You will be asked about lifestyle habits such as your typical choice of footwear, how much walking you do, and whether you have undertaken any sporting events recently. You may also be asked to walk across the room, so that your doctor can assess your gait.

Your doctor is then likely to refer you to a podiatrist for treatment. Treatments vary depending on cause; options include insoles and special socks to allow your foot to heal. You may also be offered special silicone wedges to wear between your toes and help redistribute your weight and improve your posture.

If our podiatrist thinks it is necessary, surgery can be used to remove calluses. This is typically only necessary if calluses are causing a great deal of pain and stopping you from being able to walk comfortably.

The surgery involves using a sharp blade to remove the thickened area and does not hurt. You are usually able to walk again immediately afterward.

Never cut corns or calluses with any instrument, and never apply home remedies, except under a podiatrist's instructions.

If you notice any foot pain or discomfort when walking, see one of our podiatrists, Dr. Brent Harwood or Dr. Brad Egly. Foot pain is not normal, but it is usually quite easy to identify and diagnose. There is a variety of different treatments available to solve the problem and prevent further foot problems. Please call Southeast Podiatry to make an appointment with one of our great podiatrists.

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