Are Foot Corns Always Hard?

Some foot corns are hard while some can be soft. Those corns which form between the toes are usually rubbery to touch, whitish, and soft. While hard corns are more likely to form on the bony parts where the skin is thin, and the bone comes in direct contact with the surface of the shoe.

The third type of foot corn which is much smaller is known as seed corns. These corns are more common to the ball area of the foot. Because the core of the corns runs perpendicularly from the top to the lower tissues, it can put pressure on the nerves, which can lead to the characteristic stabbing pain associated with corns.

How Can I Treat My Foot Corn?

There are plenty of home-remedies which can offer relief from the pain and discomfort caused by foot corns. Consider the following:

File the Corn

  • Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt for 10-20 minutes so that the skin softens.
  • Dry your feet and apply a deep hydrating or intensive moisturizing lotion to further soften the skin.
  • Follow this procedure daily until the corn becomes soft and is no longer painful.
  • Next, using a pumice stone gently rub the corn.
  • If the corn is between your toes, you can use a nail file (emery board) to gently rub the corn.
  • Don’t try to file the corn away in one session; it can take up to a few days or even weeks to completely get rid of the corn.

OTC Medication

Over the counter (OTC) treatment options are also available. These include adhesive corn patches or corn removers which come with salicylic acid. However, if these products cause irritation, discontinue their use immediately.

Comfortable Shoes

Switching to more comfortable footwear can also help alleviate the discomfort and pain and prevent the corns from developing again.

When Should I Seek Medical Attention?

If your corn is extremely painful and/or starts bleeding it could be because of deep tissue damage. At this point, it is best to consult with a professional podiatrist.

If you suffer from other health complications such as diabetes, if you suffer from poor blood circulation to the feet, or if you have leg edema, having the corn treated by a professional podiatrist is necessary if you want to avoid further complications.

Prevention Is Possible

Comfortable footwear can effectively help prevent the formation of foot corns. This is especially critical if you are required to stand on your feet or must walk for long periods of time. The good news, however, is that foot corns can be treated, and with proper care, they can also be prevented from developing again.

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Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.