Corns: How to Treat Them

Corns, like calluses, can be found on other areas of the body, but are most commonly located in areas where there is not a lot of weight bearing or in response to constant friction, such as on the hands and feet.

What Are Corns?

Corns form when there is a buildup of skin tissue on the toe. Whether it’s from tight shoes or another toe, usually a hammertoe, that is causing the rubbing against the skin, corns can be occasionally painful, especially when pressure is applied.

Tips to Help Treat Corns

Unfortunately, due to the thickness of corns, over-the-counter soaks and exfoliants are not a good way to get rid of corns.

If you are suffering from a hammertoe or bunion, which is causing your corns, then perhaps one of the best solutions is to treat the hammertoe or bunion with either physical therapy or surgery, depending on your particular situation.

Another viable solution may simply be by wearing a more comfortable shoe, ensuring you are giving your feet plenty of room in the width and toebox area.

There are over-the-counter pads that can be used to protect corns from additional friction, which will aid in easing pain and pressure to the corn.

If your corn becomes painful, it is recommended that you seek help from your podiatrist. Only they can help to determine the best course of action to rid you of your foot issues.

It is important to remember to avoid cutting or scraping off calluses and corns, since this can lead to an infection, which can cause further complications down the road, especially if you are diabetic.

For help with your foot and ankle issues, including corns and calluses, contact the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today.