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Corns on Feet
What Are Corns On Feet?
Corns are one of the mot common problems seen in most of the patients. They can occur on any part of the foot and vary in symptoms from call us under the foot, to an infected ulcer that can develop under a toe. Other names for corns are hyperkeratosis. A corn is generally defined as an area of thickened skin that occurs in areas of pressure.
It is noted on the focal area, as it is more common on the toes. Corns are in fact the normal and natural way for the body to protect itself. In the food, the skin will thicken up to protect itself when there are areas of high pressure.
The problem occurs when the pressure continues, so the skin gets thicker. It eventually becomes painful and is treated as something foreign by the body.
How To Get Rid Of Corns On Feet
Corn appears as a horny thickening of the skin on the toes. This thickening appears as a cone shaped mass painting down into the skin. Hard corns are usually located on the outer surface of the little toe or the upper surface of the other toes.
But can also occur between the toes. A soft corn occurs between the toes and are kept soft by the moisture in that area. But a callus is more diffuse area of thickening and does not have the focal point of the corn.
Causes of Feet Corn
Corns are caused by too much pressure in combination with some friction. Too much pressure can be from causes such as:
1) If the person wears foot wears (shoes) that are too tight.
2) If the person is suffering from any sort of the deformities such as hammer toes.
3)If there is bony prominence, it can also lead to pressure leading to formation of corn.
4)If a person is suffering from biomechanical or gait abnormalities that cause pressure under areas of the bottom surface of the foot.
Complications of Feet Corn
Corns that are not treated at proper time may become painful. They continue to thicken and enlarge. After a while, the body starts treating it as a foreign body and an abscess and develops. This can get infected. The serious complications can occur in diabetic patients who have poor circulation and suffer from peripheral neuropathy.
Treatment of Feet Corn
Remedies such as corn paint, cure or plasters generally provide relief from but symptoms of the corn but they do not remove the problem that causes it.
Self-management of corns’ include-proper fitting of footwear, proper foot hygiene. In order to keep the Corn, reduced regular maintenance is necessary.
Use of the paddling must be done to prevent the pressure on foot. Person should use foot. Supports to relieve the pressure or they may use foot orthotics.
Moreover, surgical correction of the bony prominence should be done which produces high-pressure area. Regular check up by the doctor is also necessary in order to keep the corns reduced. If the corns get infected and the blood circulation is poor then an amputation, may be needed.
It has been observed that the warm and moist environment of enclosed shoes may lead to development of infection in corn and thus leading to formation of serious wound. Corns are easy to take out, but since the cause that is pressure points are not reduced hence they can come back.
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