Foot Corns

How to Get Rid of Corns

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Care, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Corns (hyperkeratosis) are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. Corns typically have a hard center and tend to develop on the tops and sides of your toes. They can be painful, but not always.  And let’s face it…corns are ugly!

Corns are caused in a variety of ways. Poor-fitting shoes can lead to corns as well as toe deformities, such as hammertoe or claw toe.

If you’re in good health, corns really only need to be addressed if they’re causing discomfort. Getting rid of whatever is causing the friction usually does the trick! However, no one really likes them hanging around on their feet, so here are a few things you can do at home to get rid of them!

How To Get Rid of Corns

  • Soak your feet regularly.
  • Use a pumice stone or callus file to soften and reduce the size of the corn.
  • Use foam pads also can help relieve the pressure of the corn.

I would like to add a word of caution. If you have diabetes, do not attempt to treat corns on your own. See your podiatrist for care and instructions on taking care of corns. Diabetic feet need special care and treatment.

Remember, corn belongs on the cob, not on your feet! 

If none of the above work, then call us for an evaluation.  Corns are often caused by an underlying biomechanical abnormality; a prominent bone that is rubbing or an abnormal motion when walking, and sometimes orthotics or an outpatient procedure is needed to solve the problem.

If you are looking for a podiatrist or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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