What is Corn and how to treat it?

By July 1, 2020 Feet
Corn and the treatment

So when it comes to self-care, the foot is (literally) the last thing we care about. Unless there is a foot disease or abnormality, we really don’t pay attention to them. Even though we use our feet the most we tend to ignore them and it might be because we don’t come across sources that provide us the necessary information that teaches us how to care for our feet.

Fret not today, we’ll learn how to recognize a foot disease, Corn. The cause of it, the treatment, and preventive measures you can take in the future to put an end to this.

What is Corn?

Corn appears on those areas of your feet that suffer excessive pressure. Upon which they form thickening layers of skins, which is called hyperkeratosis in medical language. Corn is mostly in a conical or circular form that has a dry, waxy appearance. They are also known as helomas or clavi.

The number of regions where corns are likely to appear is as follows:

  • Plantar surface/sole
  • Corner of the last toe
  • In between toes

The corns between the toes are occasionally known as “soft corn” (heloma molle) because of their messy and whitish form. Whereas the others are known as “hard corn” (heloma durum) because of their flaky and dry look. They can also be painful while walking.

What causes Corn?

Thickening of the skin, also hyperkeratosis, occurs in response to protect the feet in the areas of friction. Corn is the result of putting excessive pressure by standing too long or any other activity. It can also form because of foot deformities such as hammertoe, which causes constant resistance between the shoe and the feet and results in corn.

Besides this, wearing shoes that are tight or smaller than one’s feet might also be the reason. It exerts friction at particular points when worn for a long period.

Symptoms:

  • Hard, thick layers of skin
  • Circular and conical like a bump
  • Dry or flaky
  • Painful when applied pressure

What is the treatment?

Corns may be painful but they are not infectious. You don’t need to visit a doctor right away if you found one on your foot. There are many home remedies that you can try and remove it at home.

Remedy No. 1

  • Soak your feet in warm water for some time.
  • After you dry them, moisturize it with lotion.
  • Repeat this process until it softens and not painful.
  • Then with a pumice stone, gently rub the part where the corn is.
  • Continue these steps till it vanishes.

This process won’t be effective in a day and it may take a few weeks if carried out religiously. Keeping your feet clean at all times is also beneficial to prevent this disease. Invest in products like Squeaky Clean, which keeps your feet open and breathable as you clean them. Its exfoliation panels can be used in place of a pumice rock to gently rub at the corn.

Remedy No. 2

  • Soak your feet in warm water for some time.
  • After you dry them, apply castor oil on it.
  • Once you are done, put on a corn pad on it.
  • Wear a sock afterward so it holds the corn pad in its position.

Corn pads are easily available at the pharmacy. Also, this remedy could take weeks before it cures the foot.

Even though these remedies are effective sometimes, they are not enough. In that case, you can buy corn pads and salicylic acid solutions and apply it in the affected areas. Avoid putting too much pressure on your foot during treatments. If you follow the treatment correctly and consistently, you can see it gone in two weeks.

Although if the pain gets too much for you to bear and the remedies do not reduce the corn or the pain, visit your local doctor or podiatrist.

How can you prevent it?

To avoid corn to return or form for the first time, wear comfortable shoes. Test if you can move your toes around in the shoes and if they are breathable. If you are about to try out new shoes, if possible, wear them with socks. So it can get rid of the new chemicals and keep your feet protected.

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