Foot corns themselves can be painful, and if left, can form into something that is much worse.
Because of the nature of the problem, I have split this section up into areas where your problem could be. This is mainly because different areas on the foot require different treatments. Then within those areas I have then explained the following:
A corn has a cause. They just don't spring up from no-where. So treating without finding the cause is not the right way to go as the corn will come back.
A corn can have a vast array of treatment methods available to them depending where they are situated on the foot. One treatment method on one part of the foot will not work in the same way as another part of the foot.
The lonely corn can appear anywhere on the foot. It 100% has a cause, and in that way they can be treated very effectively.
Corns are not foot warts, they are very different. One patient of ours had foot wart treatment for 10 years and in that time, no one...and I mean no one ever mentioned that it was a foot corn.
Corns are easily distinguishable from foot warts by the simple push pinch test. On the area push with you finger. If it is painful it is usually a corn. On the area pinch and if it is painful then it is a foot wart...simple.
Corns are upside down pyramids in which the base of the pyramid, the flat part, is what shows up on the outside of your foot. While the top of the pyramid, the point, sticks into your foot.
Foot corns are spread through the population- from males to females, from young to old...most people will get one...and they are not contagious and you can not can catch one.
Corns are hard skin- a single dense area of it. Hard skin is due to pressure. If you have an excess in pressure then you have hard skin. As more hard skin is added to the area, the increase in pressure also increases hard skin production- the cycle continues.
Additionally with a corn there is torsion action which causes the pyramidal shape.
Torsion is the left right movement, like when you do the "twist dance"- or John Travolta's "tip toe" dance in Pulp Fiction. Left right mini movements over time causes the majority of foot corns.
So with torsion, you get top down pressure as well as a twist.
Foot corns are placed in different areas on the foot and so they have different names and different causes. So I could not state one foot corn treatment for all foot corns, because that would be wrong.
The different areas where you can get foot corns are as follows:
On The Top: These are corns which are formed on top of things. Also called dorsal corns. The majority of patients will have a corn on top of their toe. Some patients have them on top of joints (especially Osteo-Arthritis patients).
Inbetween: These corns are formed inbetween the toes. These are very common in females and with the elderly.
Tips Of Toes: Corns that are found on the end of the toe. The second toe being the most common. They can be very sore.
Seed Corns. Usually on the underside of your foot. These are very small and usually appear with dry skin and can sometimes be flicked out with your finger nail quite easily.
Long Standing Foot Corns: There are some that are really painful and have been there for some time. Sometimes called neurovascular or even fibrous corns. However they still can be treated. This area also covers plantar corns. These are corns which are formed on the bottom of your foot. These are the second most common corns, and most of you reading this will probably have one on the bottom of your foot.
So not all corns are the same and therefore each corn needs to be checked out and assessed to see what treatment is needed. The wrong treatment on the wrong area can have serious implications- especially if you have some medical illnesses that make you prone to infection or reduced healing- Diabetics and Steroid patients to name a couple.
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Hi. I'm Dominic. I treat patients every day at a local clinic. I am a trained Chiropodist and I care about prevention. I designed the website to help readers understand treat and even prevent issues from happening to their feet.