Corns are defensive sheets of dead skin that develop from recurrent rubbing on the feet. They can cause pain when pressed and usually occur in between or on the toes. Corns can be hard or soft and can develop from a deformity in the foot that causes the toes to be exposed to higher than usual amounts of friction. They can also form from wearing shoes that are too narrow and increase the amount of pressure on them.
For diabetic patients, an important issue to remember is their slower than normal healing process, which will allow the corn to become more troublesome. Diabetes causes nerve damage and poor circulation which could allow for the corn to become easily infected more so than it would normally. Proper care and treatment for diabetics are essential for controlling the effect of corns on their feet.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Using medicated pads that contain acid to reduce layers of the skin of the corn.
- Checking feet daily as they may not be able to feel the corns developing on their toes.
- Washing feet with warm water while making sure to dry them thoroughly afterward.
- Utilizing shoes that fit comfortably so as to reduce friction forces on the toes.
- Using custom fitted orthotics to redistribute pressure away from the toes and to provide support where required.
- Controlling blood sugar levels to promote efficient healing which can reduce infections from corns.
Corns can be a pain, but when coupled with diabetes, are a cause for greater concern. Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, will utilize the latest techniques to help provide your corns with the best possible treatment available. Please take a moment to make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above to help your feet move in the right direction!