Corn Removal Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers -  - Wound Care Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers

Wound Care Specialists located in Cedars Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA & Encino, CA

Dr. J. Leonard Knudson treats patients with corns and other common foot problems at Tower Wound Care in Culver City, California. Corns often cause considerable pain that can interfere with everyday walking, so don’t hesitate to contact the office to schedule a consultation. We’ll figure out the cause, safely remove the corn, and find ways to prevent corns in the future.

Corn Removal Q & A

What are corns?

A corn is a small, round area of hard, thickened skin on the top of your foot or toes — often the little toe. Corns develop to protect the area from excess pressure or irritation that occurs as something — usually a shoe — rubs or pushes against the area. Foot deformities such as hammertoes also cause corns because they create pressure points at toe joints, which rub up against shoes. Corns are often quite painful because their hard core can press against nerves.

How are corns treated?

If you’re diabetic, please don’t self-treat your corns until you see a podiatric physician like Dr. Knudson, who specializes in diabetic foot care. It’s easy to irritate the surrounding skin and create a sore that may develop an infection or become hard to heal.

Removing a corn requires a podiatrist’s care because it must be done by shaving or cutting the hard core. The doctor may choose to use strong medications that break up the corn, but chemicals shouldn’t be used at home because they can burn the surrounding skin. It’s also a good idea to get a professional examination to be sure you don’t have any bone deformities or gait problems that could be the source of corns.

If you’re not diabetic and try to take care of a corn at home, soak it in warm water for 5-10 minutes, then use a pumice stone and rub very gently. It’s easy to rub off too much skin, then it will bleed and be susceptible to infections. A variety of pads are available in your local pharmacy that relieve pain by cushioning the corn.

Can you prevent corns?

The best way to prevent corns is to make sure your shoes fit properly. If they cause blisters or sore spots, or you can feel them rubbing, there’s a good chance a corn will develop in that area over time. Shoes should have ½ inch of space between your toes and the end of the shoe. A shoe style that has a large square toe area also prevents pressure. If you play sports that put pressure on your feet, be sure your footwear fits properly and provides the best support. You may not pay much attention to your socks, but they’ll cause corns if they’re too large and bunch up, or ir they’re too thick to fit comfortably inside your shoe.

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