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What is a corn?

Corns are small circles of thickened skin and although they can be found anywhere along the foot it is common to observe them at the tops and sides of toes or on the sole of the foot and they are in response to excessive pressure or friction build-ups. Types of corns include: seed corns, hard corns, interdigital corns and soft corns.

Wearing poorly fitting shoes or certain designs (pointed shoes), can place excessive pressure on an area of the foot. They also often occur on bony feet as there’s a lack of natural cushioning. They can develop as a symptom of another foot problem, such as a bunion (a deviation of the big toe), in runner’s or those with a genetic predisposition.

Symptoms of this condition

  • Very painful to walk on or when pressure is applied.
  • Described as pain shards of glass with pressure
  • A hard lump in the skin
  • Corns have a smaller circumference than calluses and can be surrounded by inflamed skin
  • Corns tend to develop in the spaces between the toes, on the tops of toes and soles of feet
  • Enucleating (taking out) the rounded dead inward growing skin often times this leaves a small neat rounded gap in the foot

Treatments we provide for corns

  • Removing the excessive hard skin with a blade
  • Applying silver nitrate which keeps the corn at bay for longer
  • Custom Made orthotic
  • Foot filing skin regularly
  • Massage and applying regular emollient to the skin

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