What are corns?
A corn is a concentrated area of hard skin which can become very painful and infected.
People of any age can develop corns and if they are not treated effectively they can become a chronic problem. Which is be especially dangerous for the elderly or diabetic.
Corns can be broadly categorised into two main types; sort corns and hard corns. Both of which are treatable by a podiatrist.
They are a common problem and are nothing to be worried about as long as they are treated correctly by professionals.
What causes they?
They are caused by excessive pressure on a small area of skin and can occur anywhere on the foot. This maybe be the result of toe deformities such as
- Hammer toes
- Clawed toes
Corns may also be caused by ill-fitting footwear.
How are corns treated?
We do not recommend over the counter treatments as they contain acid and can be particularly harmful to diabetics. Also, they do not treat the cause of the corn but the symptoms. This can lead to them reoccurring which is something we do our best to avoid.
The podiatrist will remove them expertly which will reduce the associated pain and infection if the infection is present.
Finally, as a part of the treatment plan, we would advise the patient on how to stop the corn recurring. There are a number of ways that this can be done and they can be tailored to your specific needs.
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