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What Are Foot Corns and How to Treat Them

For people who enjoy competitive sports or hold ambitious positions, it’s necessary to develop a thick skin. Yet the thickened skin of foot corns can sometimes do more harm than good. When this happens, you will want reliable foot corn removal options, such as patches, wraps, shoe inserts, or foot corn treatment cream. Unsightly or uncomfortable foot corns don’t need to hinder your ability to stay busy and active.

What Are Foot Corns?

Foot corns form from thickened skin called hyperkeratosis, which can also form calluses. Foot corns are also known as clavi or helomas, and are localized areas of thick, waxy skin that often have a conical or circular shape. These areas of hardened skin can become painful,  red and swollen even if they are not very large.

Excessive Pressure or Rubbing

Foot corns tend to form in areas where the feet experience excessive pressure or rubbing. You may find them along the bottom of your foot, the ball of your foot and between your toes.  Corns on or along the outside of your little toe where the shoe rubs against it. They may also form on the tops of your toes, especially if you have hammertoes.

You may find foot corns are painful when pressed. Depending on where they have developed, they may make it difficult to walk or run. Foot corn treatment can help alleviate these symptoms.

Foot Corn Removal Options

In many cases, foot corns will fade away when the source of pressure or friction disappears. However, there are remedies for painful foot corns that resist fading. Your podiatrist may be able to trim away excess skin from a corn. As this method of foot corn removal carries a risk for infection, this should not be tried at home.

Alternative Foot Corn Treatment Options

Shoe inserts can help you achieve a better fit for your shoes, which can relieve the source of pressure causing the foot corn. Wraps and pads can help cushion the affected areas of your feet. Treated pads may also offer an effective option. A foot corn treatment cream can assist with softening the problem area of hardened skin, thus allowing the corn to fade.  **These treatments should not be used in anyone who is diabetic, or has poor circulation due to thinning of skin and higher risk of infection.

*Corn remover products should be used only as directed and in moderation to avoid burn, infection, scar, etc. Never use medication for longer than recommended.

*See your podiatrist if: symptoms of corn and pain persist/worsen or if any signs of infection occur.

Choosing the Right Foot Corn Treatment for You

Understanding why foot corns form will help dictate the best treatment for you. Your particular circumstances may demand multiple forms of foot corn treatment to achieve the desired effect. Select quality products for reliable results and long-lasting prevention.

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