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Corns are uncomfortable, and if left untreated, can become aggravated and worsen over time. At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating corns. Call us today to get back on your feet!
Corns are hardened, rough areas of skin that develop as a consequence of severe or repetitive friction or pressure on the skin. They usually present together with dry or flaky skin, or appear with a wax-like layer on the surface of the skin.
Corns generally form on the feet, especially on the toes. In most cases, simply eliminating the cause of the corns will make the corns disappear. For instance, if your shoes cause repetitive friction that leads to the formation of corns, you only need to stop wearing those shoes for the corns to slowly disappear.
However, if you know you have diabetes or poor blood flow, you might develop complications from corns. In these instances, it is highly advisable to seek advice and treatment from a doctor.
There are significant differences between corns, calluses, and warts, although superficially they may look similar.
Warts usually have black dots apparent in the patch of hardened skin. They are viral, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) entering the body through small cuts in the skin of your foot. They usually require medical treatment as indicated by a professional.
Calluses, like corns, are rough-feeling patches of hardened skin. Unlike corns, they are somewhat larger in size and can form anywhere: in the palm of the hand, on the sole of the foot, etc. They are not painful and usually require no more than changing the habit that led to the formation of the callus for them to disappear.
If alternative or self-administered measures no longer work, you can seek medical advice and treatment:
There are three types of corns:
If you notice a hardened patch of skin on your feet or hands, you might have a corn. Common symptoms of corns are:
If you think you may have corns, is important to:
The most common risk factor for foot corns is improper footwear. Corns are easily preventable by wearing shoes that fit well and do not cause friction against the skin.
The most common causes of corns are:
Treatment for corns first requires that you eliminate the cause that led to their formation, such as the ill-fitting footwear. Second, you can wear padding or moisturize the affected area to provide relief. The following alternative methods may also be effective at removing the corn:
Avoiding corns is extremely easy with a few precautionary measures that will make your life easier and more comfortable.
Do you suspect you might suffer from corns? Learn more about this condition and how to treat it by getting in touch with our specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.
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