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Corny Confessions: Dealing with Foot Corns

Foot corns are areas of thickened skin that typically develop on the feet due to repeated friction or pressure. There are several reasons why a foot corn may keep coming back:

  1. Poorly fitting shoes: Wearing shoes that are too tight can cause excessive pressure or rubbing on certain areas of the feet, leading to the formation of foot corns.

  2. Abnormal foot structure: Certain foot structures, like a bunion or prominent bony structures can increase the likelihood of developing foot corns due to uneven pressure distribution.

  3. Not treating the underlying cause: Foot corns are often a symptom of an underlying issue. If the underlying issue is not addressed, the foot corn may continue to return even after it has been treated.

  4. Not properly treating the foot corn: Simply removing the thickened skin of a foot corn without addressing the underlying cause or using protective measures to prevent further rubbing can lead to the corn returning.

To prevent foot corns from returning, it is important to identify and address the underlying cause. This may involve wearing properly fitting shoes, using padding or protective devices to reduce friction, and treating any underlying foot conditions. It is also important to properly treat any foot corns that do develop as podiatrists we can use a scalpel blade to painlessly remove the corn and help to make changes to footwear that will hopefully prevent it from coming back.

If a corn is very persistent, it may be beneficial to have a biomechanical assessment to see if there is anything we can do to help with foot function.

LR Podiatry team x



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