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What Causes Corns?

Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

If there is an excess amount of pressure that is put on the toes, a corn may develop. This is a natural response from the body to protect the affected portion of skin. Generally, corns are hardened areas of skin that may be painful while shoes are worn, and may develop in a variety of places. These may include between the toes, or on the sides or sole of the foot. They are typically caused by wearing shoes that are too tight, or standing for extended periods of time for the majority of the day. Mild relief may be felt when the foot is soaked in warm, salt water. After several days, the corn may become soft, and a pumice stone can be used to gently rub the corn to minimize its size. Some patients find it helpful to wear a corn pad which may alleviate some of the pain while wearing shoes. If you have corns that are causing severe discomfort, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. of Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Uniontown, and Connellsville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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