A foot corn is a thickening of the skin due to unrelieved pressure on areas of the foot. The most common area for a foot corn to appear is on the top of the toes. This is the area where pressure from your shoes ultimately leads to foot corns.
Another common reason for foot corns are toes which have become deformed as a result of a disease such as arthritis. Hammertoes, an abnormal gait, bunions, tight shoes, or even a seam or stitch inside the shoe which rubs against the toes can all be a cause of foot corns. Although not as common, foot corns can also appear in between toes and the sole of your feet.
Certain foot corns are entwined with the nerves of the skin and these types of corns are very painful and develop a core which is also known as the root. These foot corns can also cause inflammation around the area of the foot corn.
Studies have shown that women have more corns due to wearing tight fitting shoes on a daily basis. High heels are gorgeous and look fabulous but they can come at a high personal cost to the wearer.
Women also fear embarrassment of having foot corns because of the type of shoes they wear. For example, open toe shoes and sandals can show all the flaws of the feet.
Men also have foot corns and normally have to seek treatment due to thickness and tough areas around the foot corn.
Treatment is as simple as removing the cause of the friction, however, the skin can also be protected by wearing corn pads.
Also, you can use an abrasive such as a pumice stone to file down the foot corn. It is not uncommon for an infection or ulceration of the foot to occur in the area of the foot corn formation and unhealthy tissue may need to be removed by your medical provider and antibiotics may be prescribed so that the infection is resolved.
A foot corn is treatable and can be prevented. Learn more so that you can avoid future foot corns. Your feet deserve to be healthy and look great too!