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Corn Removal

Foot corn removal is an effective option for treating unsightly and painful corns. We offer a variety of treatments to remove your corns. If more aggressive treatment is necessary, Dr. Petkov, your podiatrist in NJ, can perform corn removal surgery at our podiatry center, just a half-hour away from NYC. Call today for an evaluation.

Similar to calluses, corns are made up of hard skin that forms on the bony points of your feet. Unlike calluses, corns also can appear between your toes. They gradually become painful, making wearing tight shoes extremely uncomfortable.

Corn Removal NJAccording to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 5% 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 that entail non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques to make your corns disappear. If you need foot corn removal surgery, visit the specialists at Premier Podiatry in Passaic County, New Jersey.

How Do Corns Form?

Corns form over time as the skin becomes irritated and attempts to protect your foot by hardening its surface. This callused skin develops as a result of pressure and friction from ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes. As a result, you will experience pain, soreness, swelling, redness, and discomfort. You may have rough, hardened, raised bumps on your skin, or waxy or dry skin that flakes off regularly. Although each corn on your foot seems to be unique, they often 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 the side of your little toe, hard corns are dense patches of skin that grow thicker over time.

Calluses and corns are not the same things. Calluses are usually not painful. They appear on your feet’s weight-bearing areas. Corns form on non-weight-bearing areas of the foot, such as between your toes. Corns can often be mistaken for cysts or warts. 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. However, your lifestyle and clothing choices increase your likelihood of developing corns. These choices or conditions include:

  • Wearing ill-fitting, narrow, or tight footwear 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 have diabetes, you should be extra cautious since corns might turn into ulcers. Diabetic ulcers cause secondary infections that can severely compromise the surrounding tissue. Such infections may become systemic, which may result in amputations.

Corns Prevention

There are several lifestyle changes you can make to avoid getting corns and calluses in the future, such as:

  • Wear cushioned, well-fitting shoes with thick moisture-absorbing socks.
  • Dry your feet after washing and apply moisturizer to dried skin to soothe and soften it
  • Remove patches of hard skin with a foot file or a pumice stone, and make sure to replace your foot file regularly

It’s also a good idea to cut your nails straight across rather than rounding up the edges and allowing them to dig into the skin. Remember that corns are likely to recur if you don’t adjust your footwear or lifestyle.

Non-Invasive Treatments for Corns

Have your feet examined by a trained podiatrist. Dr. Petkov’s 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, preventing the compression of your toes, and reducing pressure. Your shoes should be wide and long enough to allow for comfortable toe movement. 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

Can I Remove Foot Corns at Home?

Before trying any home treatment, see a podiatrist who is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), such as Dr. Petkov, for the best results. Never try to cut corn off your foot on your own because you could damage your toe or get an infection. Adverse outcomes are particularly risky if you have other chronic diseases, such as diabetes.
Be careful with over-the-counter medications. They may contain harsh chemicals that burn or scar your feet. If foot corn removal using non-invasive methods can’t be achieved, more aggressive treatments may be necessary. Surgery to realign your foot bones is invasive, but it 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.

Page Updated on May 6, 2022 by Velimir Petkov, DPM (Podiatrist) of Premier Podiatry

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