Corns are both painful and unsightly, but they’re also easy to treat. At Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry in Fort Greene, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Brownsville, and Bedford Stuyvesant, in Brooklyn, New York, Loretta Cacace, DPM, and Bryan Makower, DPM, regularly work with patients to eliminate corns using innovative methods of care. If you want to restore your feet to a healthier condition, make an appointment today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.
Corns are fleshy, blister-like bumps that develop when your skin tries to protect itself from friction caused by wearing shoes or socks. Corns can form anywhere on your feet, but they’re especially common on the toes and heels.
Corns aren’t a serious problem for healthy individuals. Oftentimes, wearing more comfortable shoes relieves pressure and the corns go away. However, if you have a chronic disease like diabetes or poor circulation, corns can increase your risk of more serious health problems, including ulcers or infections.
Corns can easily be confused with other skin lesions such as warts or porokeratosis.
Corns are smaller than calluses and have a hard center that looks similar to a kernel of corn. Unlike calluses, corns usually develop on the parts of your feet that don’t bear weight, including the tops and sides of your toes. Corns don’t usually cause problems when you’re walking, but they’re painful if pressed.
Corns affect people of all ages, but there are certain factors that can increase your risk, including:
Other foot deformities can also increase your risk. For example, conditions like bone spurs can cause your foot to rub constantly up against the inside of your shoe.
To diagnose corns, the team at Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry physically examines your foot, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing. If your provider suspects a physical abnormality is contributing to the problem, they may also order a series of X-rays to look at the bones in your feet.
In most cases, conservative methods of care like wearing comfortable shoes and using protective pads provide significant relief. However, if your corn doesn’t go away or becomes increasingly painful, it’s important to seek treatment.
Depending on the severity of your corn, your Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry provider might recommend trimming away excess skin, wearing custom orthotics or using prescription medication. In rare instances, surgical intervention may be necessary.
Are you one of the millions of Americans living with corns? If so, take the first step toward eliminating pain and schedule an appointment at Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry. Call or use the online booking tool today!