A corn is a more severe form of callus that is normally seen on the pressure points of the foot. Corns normally occur on top of the toes, in between toes or anywhere on the soles of the feet where pressure points are created. They are small, rough, scaly and comprise of thick dead skin.
The core of the corn is hard, tough and waxy in texture, which then exerts pressure on the surrounding area and causes severe pain. Sometimes corns result from small fluid filled sacs, which then harden and become corns. Corns usually occur if you follow poor foot hygiene and wear ill-fitting, high-heeled shoes. Here are some of recommended treatments for corns.
Ways To Treat Corns
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
If you are susceptible to corns and calluses, take preventive steps to avoid their recurrence. Always wear snug fitting, flat heeled shoes that are not likely to exert pressure on the foot. Avoid high heels if they lead to corns. Choose good footwear from reputable brands only.
Following Good Foot Hygiene
Sometime corns occur due to improper foot hygiene combined with incorrect footwear. In such cases, wash your feet at the end of the day by soaking them in warm water.
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Massage your feet with a good foot cream. This will help to smoothen out rough edges on the soles of the feet that may eventually lead to corns. Massage also helps to restore circulation to your feet especially when you have been on your feet all day.
Improve Your Posture
Sometimes pressure points are created because we walk with a hunch or a poor posture. Improve your gait by keeping a straight back and hold your head high while walking. This in turn will take the pressure off your foot.
If you are suffering from an underlying condition like diabetes and atherosclerosis, foot corns will be fairly common and may also cause acute discomfort. In such cases, severe corns may require medical and surgical intervention where they are cut and the fluid is drained out.
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Some druggists and chemists have special foot padding for corn prevention. These pads are placed beneath the pressure points or in between the toes. The padding helps to relieve the pressure and reduce the incidence of a corn occurring.
Medicated, Topical Creams
Some medicated and topical creams are specially formulated and contain salicylic acid that helps to soften tough and dead skin. These creams may also help to puncture the corns, drain out the fluid and consequently reduce pain.
Do Not Puncture The Corns Yourself
Some people try to self-treat and try to puncture the corns or remove the skin. This can lead to a severe infection. If the corn is particularly painful, have it shown to a doctor immediately.
Surgery is rarely necessary to treat a corn. Most treatment modalities are aimed at reducing the pressure on the foot, which is perhaps the best solution for corn prevention. By using the above treatment approaches, you can get considerable relief from corns.
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