Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Corn Treatments?
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.
Corn, Callus, or Wart?
There are significant differences between corns, calluses, and warts, although superficially they may look similar.
Warts usually have black dots that appear 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:
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Symptoms 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:
- Your corn bleeds from an identified or unidentified cut.
- You are not sure if you detect a corn or a wart.
- You have diabetes or blood circulation issues.
- Your corn develops a clear head or fluid is apparent under the skin.
Diagnosis of Corns
If you think you may have corns, is important to:
Risk Factors for Corns
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.
Causes of Corns
The most common causes of corns are:
- Ill-fitting footwear like shoes that are too tight or too loose, sandals with a raised back or front, or hard inner linings.
- High heels are also a significant cause of corns, as they raise the heel and redistribute weight-bearing pressure on the toes.
- Shoes worn without socks also cause friction against the skin, leading to corns.
- Preexisting foot problems like hammertoes, bone spurs, or bunions can cause part of your foot to stick out and rub against the inside of the shoe.
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:
- Castor Oil – dab it on a pad and apply nightly. This treatment will help you rub away any excess skin in the morning.
- Baking Soda – three teaspoons of baking soda in a basin of ankle-high warm water can be effective. Soak your feet for 15 minutes, then rub away any excess skin with a dry towel or pumice stone.
- White or Apple Cider Vinegar – put a cup of vinegar in a basin of ankle-high warm water. Soak your feet every night for 15 minutes for one to two weeks.
- Lemon – apply a slice of lemon on the corn, wrap a clean bandage around it and let the corn soak for at least 15 minutes. Repeat every night for 10 days.
Avoiding corns is extremely easy with a few precautionary measures that will make your life easier and more comfortable.
- Only buy comfortable shoes. Make sure the toe box is large enough to have a little bit of wiggle room.
- Avoid shoes with pointed toes. They will inevitably compress the toe area and lead to foot deformities, corns, and calluses.
- Avoid high heels as much as possible. If forced by circumstance to wear them, reduce the time spent in high heels and decrease the height as much as possible.
- Make sure the lining of your shoe is not too hard. Replace worn linings or replace your shoes often enough that they are always comfortable.
- If you suffer from any foot deformity, do not force your foot into a regular shoe that doesn’t feel comfortable. Allow for wiggle room for your toes. Wear corn pads or any extra lining or padding that protects your feet from friction and provides more comfort.
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.