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Corn Removal

Corns on your foot are as unsightly as they are painful. Most often the result of ill-fitting footwear, corns resemble calluses on the bony points of your feet or between your toes. Fortunately, foot corn removal is an effective option for treating corns. Your board-certified podiatrist in New Jersey offers a variety of conservative treatments to remove your corns. If more aggressive treatment is necessary, Dr. Velimir Petkov can perform corn removal surgery at podiatry NJ just a half hour away from NYC. Call today for an evaluation.

Similar to calluses, corns are composed of hard skin that develops on the bony points of your feet. Unlike calluses, corns also can appear between your toes. Corns develop over time as hardened, rough skin. They eventually become painful, which makes wearing tight shoes uncomfortable.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately five percent of Americans suffer from foot corn pain every year. If your corns have become painful and unsightly, find a New Jersey foot doctor to remove them. Dr. Velimir Petkov is board-qualified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Modern podiatry has several treatment therapies available for corn removal. Non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques are available to make your corns disappear. If you need foot corn removal surgery, visit the specialists at Premier Podiatry in Passaic County, New Jersey.

Corn Development

Corns develop over time as the skin becomes irritated and tries to protect your foot with a hardened surface. Pressure and friction from ill-fitting or non-supportive shoes cause this callused skin to grow. The result is pain, soreness, swelling, redness and discomfort. You may develop rough, hardened, raised bumps on your skin, or you may have waxy or dry skin that consistently flakes off. Although each corn on your foot may appear unique, they tend to form in one of three ways:

  • Small seed corns often occur along the bottom of your feet. Round in shape, they resemble dead skin.
  • Soft corns are tender to the touch. Their outer layer usually appears thin and smooth with a white or gray tone. They generally appear between your toes and typically feel rubbery.
  • Hard corns are the most common. Usually appearing on the top of your toes or on the side of your little toe, hard corns are dense patches of skin that grow thicker over time.

Corns and calluses aren’t the same things. Calluses usually aren’t painful. They appear on the weight-bearing areas of your feet. Corns occur on non-weight-bearing areas, such as between your toes. Corns may also be confused with cysts or warts. Ask your podiatrist to make the correct diagnosis.

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Risk Factors for Developing Corns

Anyone can get corns. But your lifestyle or clothing choices increase the potential for developing corns. These choices or conditions include:

  • Wearing ill-fitting, narrow or tight footwear — any shoe that doesn’t provide enough room in the toe box can cause corns
  • Walking in high heels
  • Going sockless, which can be abrasive and put excessive pressure on your feet
  • Being overweight, which adds to the stress and strain on your feet
  • Having foot deformities, such as hammer toes or bunions
  • Suffering from concurrent conditions such as diabetes, or vascular insufficiency, which limit proper blood flow

If you’re fighting diabetes, be extra vigilant as corns can become ulcers. Diabetic ulcers lead to further infections that can severely compromise the surrounding tissue. Such infections may become systemic, which may result in amputations.

Non-Invasive Treatments for Corns

Have your feet examined by a trained podiatrist like Dr. Petkov. His trained eye can make the right diagnosis, although he may still recommend x-rays to rule out any physical abnormalities.

Dr. Petkov offers effective corn removal. He also advises you on finding supportive shoes that fit properly, which prevents the compression of your toes and reduces pressure. Your shoes should be wide enough and long enough to allow toe movement and comfort. Your podiatrist may also recommend:

  • Placing specialized soft foam wedges between your toes to reduce pressure
  • Keeping your skin well-moisturized and healthy
  • Using powders, astringents or special sweat-reducing socks to minimize moisture
  • Getting fitted for customized orthotics
  • Removing calluses and thick skin with a pumice stone after gently soaking your feet in soapy, lukewarm water
  • Having your NJ podiatrist surgically remove your corns
  • Taking prescription or non-prescription medications that contain up to a 40 percent solution of salicylic acid

Corn Removal Treatment

Because home treatment of corns may result in infection, stiffness or nerve injury, seek a podiatrist to treat your stubborn corns. For the best results, consult a podiatrist who’s a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) like Dr. Petkov before trying any home treatment. Never attempt to cut a corn off your foot on your own since this may injure your toe or result in infection. Adverse outcomes are especially risky if you suffer from other concurrent conditions such as diabetes.

Be careful with over-the-counter medications. They may contain harsh chemicals that burn or scar your feet. If Dr. Petkov can’t achieve foot corn removal using non-invasive methods, more aggressive treatments may be necessary. Undergoing surgery to realign your foot bones is extreme, but prevents future corn development.

Once your New Jersey podiatrist has removed your corns, you must continue to wear properly fitting shoes and moisture-absorbing socks to prevent future corn formations. Dr. Petkov can develop a foot corn removal plan customized for you. Contact Premier Podiatry to make an appointment.

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