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Corns

What is a corn?

A corns is a thickening of the surface layer of the skin. Corns usually form on the top of toes, tip of toes and between the toes.

Corns are more common in women than men. They are more common in women because women wear tight fitting shoes, socks and stockings more often than men.

If you have corns and are diabetic or have circulation problems, please seek professional help.

What causes a corn?

A corn is caused by too much pressure. The pressure may be from:

  • tight fitting shoes
  • tight socks
  • tight stockings
  • shoe rubbing against the toe
  • deformed toes
  • crooked toes

Symptoms of a corn

Some of the most common symptoms of a corn are:

  • A hard growth on the skin of the toes
  • Pain when pressure is applied to the hard growth
  • Redness and swelling around the hard growth
  • Severe discomfort around a hard growth of skin on the toes
  • Discomfort when wearing tight fitting shoes

Complications from having corns

Complications can occur if corns are not treated properly. Some of the most common complications are:

  • infection
  • development of an ulcer
  • development of a fluid-filled sac beneath the corn

Can corns be treated?

Yes. There are many different treatments for corns. Medications, such as ibuprofen will temporary relieve the pain and inflammation. Change in footwear and use of padding to prevent pressure are more permanent treatments to help corns go away.

In some cases, surgical correction of the bony prominence that is causing the high pressure may be needed.

 

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