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Repeated irritation and persistent friction to an area of the foot will cause skin to thicken and harden, creating corns. Corns are localized areas with tender, soft centers, surrounded by yellowish, dead skin. The extra skin develops as a natural defense mechanism, and persistent friction may be due to shoes or socks that are too tight around the toes and/or pressure exerted by high-heeled shoes, foot deformities, or bone spurs.
There are several ways to prevent corns from developing, including:
Corn symptoms include:
A physical exam of your feet and an X-ray will help doctors to determine if corns are present and whether or not there are any other physical abnormalities that are causing this condition to arise.
Rather than using over-the-counter (OTC) corn remedies, it is best to seek advice from your doctor. Self-treatment can result in cuts and burns that lead to infection, and patients with diabetes or circulation problems may have trouble healing.Experienced podiatry specialists can relieve corn discomfort without harmful risk to your foot and ankle. Depending upon your unique situation, one of the following treatments may recommended:
If the presence of a foot deformity is instigating the production of corns, our doctors will concentrate on addressing the underlying problem through the performance of minimally invasive surgery or other techniques.