Corns on the feet are a common condition that can cause significant discomfort and pain if not removed and enucleated promptly.
There are 3 types of corn:
Hard Corn- usually form in an area of high pressure like the end of your toe, or on a bunion
Soft Corn – usually form in an area that is warm and moist, like between your toes
Seed Corns – lots of little corns, usually on the sole of your forefoot.
All corns are caused by friction or pressure on the skin and can be unsightly and difficult to get rid of. While there are several effective ways to remove corns, the question remains whether they can be removed permanently.
Here are some ways to remove corns permanently:
Identify and address the underlying cause: If the corn is caused by an underlying structural issue, such as a bony protrusion, bunion or hammertoe, it may reoccur unless the underlying issue is addressed. A podiatrist can help to determine the underlying cause and provide treatment such as padding, inserts, footwear changes, or in severe situations: surgery on the underlying bony prominence.
Wear properly fitted shoes: Wearing shoes that fit properly and have adequate cushioning can help to prevent friction and pressure on the skin. Make sure to have your feet measured regularly to ensure the proper fit. Our feet regularly change size and shape in the heat, cold and with weight or medical condition changes.
Use protective toe props/pads: Placing a protective pad over the affected area can help to prevent further friction or pressure, allowing the corn to grow slower and less aggressively. Your podiatrist can provide these over the counter, and can also make customised toe props to suit your foot/toes.
Moisturise: Keeping the skin moisturised with a urea based emollient. Adequately hydrated skin can help to prevent corns from forming in the first place. Use a moisturiser that contains urea, which can help to soften the skin. Your podiatrist will be able to provide you with 25-30% urea based emollients at a cost effective price.
Regularly check your foot health: Keep an eye on your feet, if you notice any changes, such as new corns, pain, redness or swelling then seek professional help from your podiatrist.
It’s important to note that even with these preventative measures, some people may still be prone to developing corns due to factors such as genetics or certain medical conditions. In those cases, regular maintenance and management may be necessary to keep corns under control.