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Best Remedy for Corns

Often as the body’s way of protecting bones and other structures underneath the skin from injuries and pressure there is a formation of areas of dead, thickened, hard skin which are called calluses and corns. Some of these are yellowish or grayish in color and have low a sensitivity to touch.

Most active individuals have calluses on their hands and feet and this is considered normal unless they become large and begin to cause an intolerable amount of pain. They are usually located where there is a rubbing together of toes. Softer foot corns are mostly found between the fourth and fifth toes as hard foot corns are often located over the bony part of the fifth toe.

Brief Look at Causes

Frequent pressure and friction on a region of the skin is the common cause of calluses and corns. For example, if an individual repeatedly uses a shovel to dig a ditch there are points on the hand where there is constant pressure and this is what causes calluses. Due to this type of pressure the skin dies and formation of the protective callus begins.

Many individuals think that corns and calluses are contagious or caused by a virus, however, they are not contagious and cannot be spread from one to another. When corns and calluses appear on the feet, it is likely that it is caused by the pressure from the type of shoes an individual wears. Some of the reasons for this are:

• The feet are often squeezed by shoes that are too tight.
• Shoes that are too big or loose allow the foot to slide up and down rubbing against the inside of the shoe.
• The front of the foot becomes squeezed when wearing high heeled shoes due to the slant of the foot in the shoes and the toe box of the shoe being too small in most high heels.
• Thin soled shoes cause a greater increase in pressure when walking than those with soles that are thicker. • Socks that bunch up and don’t fit well cause excess pressure on the feet.
• Seams and stitches on the inside of the shoes may rub the foot.
• Wearing any type of shoes or sandals without some type of sock or stocking can cause friction.

One should keep in mind that going barefoot may also cause calluses and corns. Some other various reasons may be undo pressure from participating in sports as often those who run regularly often develop calluses on the bottom of the foot. People with an abnormal gait when walking or such issues as foot bone spurs or flat feet often may have calluses to form.

Various Treatment Options

The medical conditions that an individual may already suffer from as well as the calluses’ or corns’ location will factor into the type of treatment options that a person may have. As with any condition, when an individual has treated a corn or callus and the home treatments have not worked or the corn or callus has become painful to the point it is no longer tolerable, it is most likely time to seek the advice and treatment of a physician or podiatrist.

Some possible treatments at home as well those prescribed by a doctor are as follows:

• The doctor may use a small surgical knife to trim the callus or corn.
• Warm water foot soak to reduce the callus or corn in size and follow with gentle use of a pumice stone to remove skin that is dead. A corn or callus should never be cut or trimmed at home.
• Place protective padding or inserts into shoes to give some amount of cushioning for the foot callus or corn and to allow a better hold of the foot in order to prevent any rubbing from occurring.
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