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Conditions

Corns

There are three types of corns:

Hard corn: Found on boney areas of the foot, they can be caused by poor footwear, crooked toes or the way you walk. The body responds to an increase in pressure on a boney area by producing excess skin cells which form on top of each other and feel like a pin sticking in the foot which is then covered in hard skin. The build-up of pressure makes a hard corn very painful.  Occasionally, the corn can break down and cause a minor infection.

Soft corn:  Found in-between toes soft corns are caused by friction as the toes are pushed together by tight shoes or crooked toes causing the toes to rub together. They are soft due to the sweat produced between the toes.

Seed corn: These are small plugs of keratin which look like tiny seeds within larger areas of hard skin. They are often found on the bottom of the heel or along the arch of the foot as they aren’t necessarily formed over weight bearing areas. Soft corns are rarely painful.

Treatment

Hard corn: Temporary relief can be achieved by using a foot file and gently removing the hard skin when the foot is dry i.e. before bathing.  Applying a foot cream afterwards helps to the keep the skin supple.

Professional care from a HCPC Registered Podiatrist to remove the corn, review footwear and provide advice will help to prevent the corn redeveloping.

Soft corns: Professional care from an HCPC Registered Podiatrist to remove the corn, review footwear and provide advice will help to prevent the corn redeveloping.

Seed corns:  Temporary relief can be achieved by using a foot file and gently removing the hard skin whilst the foot is dry i.e. before bathing. Applying a foot cream afterwards helps to the keep the skin supple as seed corns often appear in area of dry skin.

Professional care from a HCPC Registered Podiatrist to remove the corns, review footwear and provide advice will help to prevent the corns redeveloping.

NEVER try to remove a corn with a pair of scissors or a razor blade. This can lead to cuts and cause an infection. NEVER use a liquid corn remover. This is especially important for those who are diabetic, have poor skin quality or circulation problems

 

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