Soft and Hard Corns
Corns are similar to calluses in that they are a build-up of layers of thick skin on the feet or toes; however, corns are different from calluses in that they are usually smaller and can be more painful. Instead of frequenting places on your feet or toes that are weight bearing friction zones, they usually end up forming on the tops of toes or in between toes. There are two types of corns. Soft corns usually develop in between the toes. Hard corns usually form on the hard, bony top parts of your toes. Wearing improper shoes and/or no socks causes corns. If you engage in repetitive activities, such as running or other sports, you should pay special attention to making sure that your shoes fit properly and always wear socks.
Corns on the toes and corns on your feet can be painful and also embarrassing since they are unsightly. They can also lead to other foot problems or continue to get worse if left untreated. Especially if you have diabetes or a similar condition that limits your blood flow or healing abilities make sure to let your doctor know as soon as you see a corn on your foot or a corn on your toe. There are a number of different treatment options for corn removal. If you think you might have a corn that is causing you pain or discomfort, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our Port St. Lucie podiatrists, or our foot doctors at any of our six locations, will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for soft corns or hard corns with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today.
What are Hard Corns and Soft Corns?
Corns are the layers of hardened and thick skin that build up on your feet. They form because your skin is trying to protect itself from constant rubbing. Corns are similar to calluses but are slightly different because they are smaller and usually more painful. They do not form as a result of pressure, but as a result of constant rubbing on the top of your toes or in between your toes. Hard corns usually form on the hard, bony part of the top of your toes. Soft corns usually form in between the toes and do not stay as hard because of the sweat and moisture there. If you have diabetes, or a similar disorder that compromises the immune system or reduces blood flow to your feet, see your doctor immediately before trying any home remedies.
Symptoms of Hard Corns and Soft Corns
Both hard corns and soft corns are small and painful areas of thickened skin. Most corns will go away on their own if you switch to comfortable shoes with plenty of room for your toes to be cushioned. In some cases, if corns persist after making these changes, you should consult your doctor to prevent the corn from getting worse or causing other conditions of the feet.
Treatment for Hard Corns and Soft Corns
Corn treatment involves removing it or stopping the activity that is causing the repetitive rubbing. There are over the counter remedies available for removing corns; however, if you are in a lot of pain and discomfort you should see a doctor. If you have diabetes or any other condition that reduces the blood flow to the feet or an immune deficiency, seek advice from your doctor before trying to treat a corn yourself. Your doctor can prescribe a salicylic acid patch; this softens the dead skin so that you can buff it down using a pumice stone. The doctor may remove the corn by trimming away the dead skin; however, this is something you should never try at home. In extreme cases, corn removal surgery could be recommended.
Diagnosing Hard Corns and Soft Corns
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for corn removal? There is no need to worry about your visit to the podiatrist. Our goal is to work with you and relieve your discomfort. The doctor can usually diagnose corns just by examining your feet. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of conditions that affect the legs and feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.