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Corns Treatment in Houston

Corns

Corns are small, circular and thick lesions found in the skin of the foot. They form through repeated pressure on the skin like rubbing of shoes. They occur mostly on the toes as bones tend to push against the shoe while placing pressure on the skin. This leads to a thickening of the surface layer of the skin, which in turn irritates the tissues found underneath.

As these growths resemble a kernel of corn, it is called a corn. They differ from calluses in their having a central core of hard material. Hard corns usually located at the top of the toe or on the side of the small toe and soft ones resembling open sores are found in between toes because of constant rubbing.

Causes

It is usually those with foot deformities like hammertoes and claw toes who suffer the most from corns as the bent toes rub against the top of shoes.

However even shoes that don’t fit properly can also lead to corns. Tight shoes squeeze the foot and increases pressure on the foot while loose shoes lead to sliding of the feet which in turn causes friction while rubbing against the shoe.

High heeled shoes are also not advised as the pressure of the body is increased on the forefoot.

Ill-fitting socks and rubbing of the foot against a seam or stitch in the shoe are other causes for a corn.

Diagnosis and treatment

Corns are easily seen and diagnosed with its middle tender spot and surrounding dead and yellow skin. They are best treated as a team effort with you working with your doctor to ensure it does not recur.

There are various treatment options available which your doctor will recommend for you based on the one most appropriate for your case. However while treating corns, its underlying cause has to be treated or removed lest the corn returns.

The corn may be trimmed by shaving dead skin layers using a scalpel to restore the normal skin contour and for pain relief. This has to be done by a doctor, especially if you have poor circulation, eyesight or lack of feeling in your feet.

In case there are underlying problems like toe deformities, your doctor may suggest surgery on an outpatient basis to correct them. It is not advised to remove a corn at home or use medicated corn pads as they can lead to serious infections.

At the most, you may soak your feet and soften and reduce its size using a pumice stone. You could also try using some lamb’s wool in between toes to provide cushioning to soft corns. Make it a point to wear shoes that fit properly, with lots of toe area.

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