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By contactus
June 22, 2010
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Corns and calluses come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. Corns can be found on the tops of toes, between toes, at the tips of toes or even adjacent to the nail. A corn is simply the formation of a callus on a toe. The terms corn and callus can be used interchangeably, but for sake of conversation, a callus is a build up of skin on the bottom of the foot or heel, while a corn is a build up of callus on the toes. Initially, the formation of callus can be a helpful process. As the skin senses a mechanical irritation it responds by thickening, forming a callus. This could be a shoe that is too tight, it could be friction against the ground or it could even be the mechanical friction that occurs between two toes. In each case, corns form by the recurrent rub of mechanical friction.
The most common corn is due to contraction of the toe (hammer toe) placing pressure on the top of the toe from the toe box of the shoe. This type of corn, is referred to as a helloma dura (HD), or hard corn, and is often seen in cases of hammer toes where the toe is contracted and pushing against the roof of the shoe. Soft corns, on the other hand, are found between the toes. Soft corns, also known as HM's (helloma molle) or kissing corns, are commonly misdiagnosed as a chronic athlete's foot infection. With soft corns, we'll see a breakdown of the skin between the toes. This breakdown is usually between the 4th and 5th toes.
The most important aspect of treating a corn is to be sure that the shoe is properly fit. Surgery options are also available for more prolonged and problematic cases. Alternatively, a corn pad can also be used to cushion the corn.
Corn pads and callus pads come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Soft corns respond to the use of a pad that separates the toes. Soft corn pads can be made from silicone gel, soft foam or lambs wool. Many find relief with a simple cotton ball that'll separate the toes. Foam and gel toes sleeves are another popular solution for hard corns. Hard corns can also be treated with gel cushions and adhesive cut out pads.
Periodic paring, or debridement of a hard corn can help to reduce the thickness of the callus. This is a service best done at podiatric physician's office.
Permanent correction of corns can be accomplished by a number of different surgical procedures. The procedures vary dramatically based upon the type and location of the corn. Some corns are quite easy to correct, others a bit more difficult. Call us today for an appointment to better your life without the annoyance of corns!