It is not fun to suffer from pain in your feet, and the cause of this pain can come from several different sources. As someone who thinks they may have corns, you are wondering what caused this problem and how corns are treated. Here is everything you need to know about common foot care procedures to remove corns from your feet.
Causes of Corns
A corn is a piece of thickened skin on your foot. It forms as a protective layer when a particular part of your foot is being regularly irritated. This irritation could be caused by a toe rubbing against the inside of your shoe, or balls of the feet under pressure due to the wearing of high heels. As the skin thickens, pain occurs once the skin gets too thick because it restricts blood flow through the feet.
Corn Removal At Home
There are over-the-counter remedies you can purchase at the local chemist which promise the full removal of existing corns. However, if the corn is causing you pain, then this is not a wise choice of treatment. Firstly, your feet should be carefully examined by a podiatrist to see what is the cause of the corns. While the cause could simply be because you are wearing shoes which are too small, there are medical reasons for corns such as hammertoes. Your feet must be x-rayed to expose any issues within your feet bones. Secondly, the chemicals in over-the-counter products can cause burns if used incorrectly. Leave corn removal to an experienced podiatrist.
Corn Removal By Podiatrist
When you make an appointment with your local podiatrist to have corns treated, your feet are carefully examined and often X-rayed so the overall health of your feet can be determined. The thick skin of the corn can be removed by a podiatrist using careful skill and a sharp blade. Because the thickened skin on your foot is dead skin, you will not experience any pain while the corn is reduced. This procedure is done in-office and does not lead to any downtime from daily life. After the corn is removed, then the podiatrist makes recommendations about aftercare and changes to footwear if necessary.
When it comes to the health of your feet, it is best to leave treatment in the hands of a professional podiatrist so that you do not end up with more damage than you started with.