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Exploring the Reasons Behind Corns on the Feet

Corns are patches of thickened skin that develop on the feet, and often raise questions about their underlying causes. These small, round areas of hardened skin typically form in response to friction or pressure, commonly occurring on the toes or the sides of the feet. Wearing ill-fitting footwear, such as shoes that are too tight or have narrow toe boxes, is a primary culprit behind corn formation. The constant rubbing and irritation from shoes can lead to the buildup of dead skin cells, resulting in the formation of corns. Additionally, foot deformities such as hammertoes or bunions can exacerbate the problem by creating areas of increased pressure. High heels, which force the toes into unnatural positions, are notorious for causing corns as well. Understanding the reasons behind corns on the feet underscores the importance of proper footwear choices and proactive foot care practices. If you have corns on your feet, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can successfully remove them, and offer effective prevention strategies.

Corns are small bumps or dry, hardened skin that can arise on the feet, usually in response to friction. Corns can be asymptomatic, or they can be uncomfortable or painful. If you have corns that are bothering you, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

There are three types of corns:

  • Hard corns

    • Often occur on the tops of toes

    • Feature a hard core surrounded by dry, irritated skin

    • Can be painful

  • Soft corns 

    • Often occur in between the toes

    • Soft due to constant exposure to sweat

    • Can be painful 

  • Seed corns

    • Tiny

    • Often occur on the soles of the feet

    • Usually asymptomatic

Corns can be prevented by wearing shoes that fit properly. They are typically benign and don’t require medical treatment. However, if your corns are causing you pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to reach out to a chiropodist near you for treatment options. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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