Tired feet have been likened to barking dogs, and while that seems like an outlandish comparison, your feet do speak! How? Corns are one common way that the body communicates its need for extra care and attention.

What is a corn?

Some people think that a corn is just like a callus—an area of thickened skin. However, there is a significant difference at the core of the condition--literally. The inner part presses against a nerve causing pain, and the build-up of skin also inflames the underlying layers of tissue. Pressure on a corn will typically reveal a hard middle and evoke discomfort. The tops and sides of the toes are the most common places to find these sore spots, which may have a yellowish coloring (hence the name). These areas, where the bones may rub against socks and shoes, are the most vulnerable.

Corns can also develop between the toes and are then referred to as soft corns. Moisture in this area gives them this name, and they are caused by bone friction. Corns of both varieties can be especially risky for diabetics, since they can easily develop into ulcers.

Why did I develop this painful toe condition?

Corns occur frequently in people with deformities of the feet such as a hammertoe or a bunion. If you don’t have a foot deformity and you’ve developed this uncomfortable condition, it is likely that your footwear is the problem. Properly fitted shoe gear protects the feet from these issues by reducing the amount of pressure and friction felt by the toes. Avoid shoes that are:

  • Tight
  • Too small for your feet
  • Loose
  • High-heeled
  • Pointed at the toe

Just like the classic children’s story, your shoes should be just right! To ensure a proper fit, have your feet measured by a trained professional and understand your own foot type. Varying structures and mechanics mean that your foot is unique. Your shoe should be accommodating, yet many people try to squeeze into a size or style that simply won’t work for them. Also, remember to always wear socks!

How are corns treated?

Work with the team of experts at Absolute Foot Care Specialists to resolve this issue for good. Immediately change your footwear by purchasing a pair of well-fitted shoes that have a roomy toe box and avoid high heels. At home, foot soaks and corn pads are just two ways to care for this common foot condition. However, if you suffer from diabetes or other health complications that decrease blood flow in the feet, always seek professional care first.

Visit our office to have your corns trimmed, which can speed the recovery process. Custom, hand-made orthotics may be prescribed to address an underlying problem such as a foot deformity. Dr. Levine will base his treatment on your individual needs in order to end your foot pain now! Call today to make an appointment at one of three convenient Las Vegas, Nevada locations, or request an appointment online.