Corns can be very painful and even become infected if not treated. Thankfully, Tower Wound Care Center offers Encino, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica, CA area patients the treatment the need. Don't wait until the corn become worse, contact the office to schedule an appointment today.
Corns also referred to as clavi, are painful, hyperkeratotic (thickened skin) growths. They develop as a response to great pressure on the bony humps of the feet and toes. Corns are frequently seen on athletes and those with improper footwear, or gait abnormalities such as the elderly, diabetics, and amputees. Irregular foot mechanics, foot deformities, extreme activity, and peripheral neuropathy can also contribute to corns. There are three types of corns. The first is a hard corn, which has a dry, horny appearance. These are commonly found on the middle joints of toes. The second is a soft corn, which has a softer texture and there can be moisture present. These are usually found between the joints. The third type is a periungual corn which occurs near or on the edge of the nail.
Corns are typically caused by poorly fitting shoes which put pressure on the feet, especially if there is an underlying joint issue. Additionally, shoes which are not large enough or too pointed (frequent in women's footwear) can push the toes together, causing pressure. Corns typically look yellow or brown and ring-shaped. Unlike calluses, corns are usually quite painful and if the pressure is not removed they can get worse and worse.
Since corns can cause pain, treatment will often be required. The first step in treatment will involve selecting new shoes which provide adequate support and do not rub anywhere. Shoes should also be flat or with a very low heel and made from a soft leather. The toe box, or front of the shoe, should be rounded or squared to provide enough room for the toes to bend and move. Padding which absorbs the shock from walking and standing can be very beneficial as well. Occasionally, corns can become infected, in these cases oral or topical antibiotics, sometimes both, are generally provided to clear up the infection. Pus may also have to be drained from the corn using a small incision. Infections are much more frequent in people who are not able to care for their feet, who have poor circulation, or who have diabetes.
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