Corns


Source: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Synopsis

Every day, the average person spends several hours on their feet and takes several thousand steps. Walking puts pressure on your feet thatís equivalent to 2-3 times your body weight. No wonder your feet hurt!

 

Actually, most foot problems can be blamed not on walking but on your walking shoes. Corns, for example, are calluses that form on the toes because the bones push up against the shoe and put pressure on the skin. The surface layer of the skin thickens and builds up, irritating the tissues underneath. Hard corns are usually located on the top of the toe or on the side of the small toe. Soft corns resemble open sores and develop between the toes as they rub against each other.

Causes of corns

Diagnosis and treatment

Corns can usually be easily seen. They may have a tender spot in the middle, surrounded by yellowish dead skin. Treating foot problems like corns is a team effort. You will need to work with your physician to ensure that problems donít recur.

During your office visit:

At home: