A Corny subject?

This is the first of what will be a series of blogs about feet and what you can do to keep your feet healthy. Every fortnight we'll look at a specific foot condition and hopefully provide you with useful information about how to avoid it or what can be done to treat it.

Corns, yes we all get them sooner or later, they can strike at any age and they are probably the most common foot complaint. So what causes them and what can you do about it?

Well, Corns develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot and form thick, hardened areas. They contain a cone-shaped core with a point that can press on a nerve below, causing pain. Corns usually form on the tops, sides and tips of the toes  and can become inflamed due to constant friction and pressure from footwear. Corns that form between the toes are sometimes referred to as soft corns.

Corns develop most often due to people wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose fitting or have high heels, but tight fitting stockings and socks can also contribute to their development. People with deformed toes are also more prone to developing corns. Soft corns result from bony prominences and are located between the toes. They become soft due to perspiration in the toe area of the foot.

Corns are a painful nuisance but if left untreated they can lead to ulcers and a condition known as Bursitis, which is a painful inflammation of a fluid filled sac (a Bursa) that forms under the skin and acts like a cushion between tendons and bones, usually over the joints.

So what can you do to avoid this often painful problem?

•    Always wear properly fitted footwear with a little extra room in the toe area.
•    Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose.
•    Use an orthotic or shock absorbing shoe inserts
•    Avoid tight socks and stockings.

Be careful with using corn removing solutions and medicated pads as these can sometimes increase irritation and discomfort and most importantly if you are Diabetic or have poor circulation, never use any chemical agents to remove corns.

In any event it's always best to see a Podiatrist just in case there are any underlying problems that might need to be addressed.







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