Corns are sheets of skin cells that combine in such a way so as to form a barrier to the sensitive skin underneath. This defense layer is meant to act as a shield against the friction that is being placed on your feet from many different sources. Friction forces applied on the toes from constant sources can produce corns for these reasons.
Patients with diabetes have an even higher chance of developing corns and related infections due to their reduced blood flow. The lowered blood flow leads to a reduction in the ability to heal injuries to the feet. Moreover, it’s not surprising that those who smoke can also have their corns become infected as smoking inhibits the amount of blood that can travel to the feet. This all translates to a significantly lowered ability to fight off complications such as corns and resulting infections. Soft corns are generally prone to infection and can be very painful.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Decreasing moisture through medicated powders can help to inhibit the growth of corns.
- Letting your corns soak in warm water and then filing them down (if hard to the touch) can help to reduce their prominence.
- Use orthotics and other foot support devices to redistribute friction away from your corns.
- Surgery may be required to fix deformities that may be leading to the quick development of corns.
Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have many years of experience treating all types of corns on their patients’ feet. If you’re ready to take the first step in combating corns, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our goal is to provide you with outstanding service and care in an effort to help your feet stay as healthy as possible. We will work with you to make sure your feet get free from the clutches of corns!