By Meghan Sink, MS, ATC, LAT
What is a Foot Corn?
Foot corn is thick, hardened layers of skin that form on the top, side and even between the toes. People often confuse corns and calluses with one another. Corns are smaller than calluses and have a hard center surrounded by red, inflamed skin. They tend to develop on parts of your feet that don’t bear weight, whereas calluses usually develop on the soles of the feet.
Corns can be painful when pressed. They usually form due to repetitive actions, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or not wearing socks.
Treatment usually involves using a donut pad over the area, and avoiding the source that caused the corn to develop. If the corn does not resolve with self treatment, a doctor can trim the excess skin, and provide medication to reduce infection risk.
Choosing the Correct Shoes for a Foot Corn
One of the best ways to avoid a foot corn is to make sure you select the correct shoe. You need to make sure that your shoe fits you correctly. If your shoes are too tight, you will develop a corn or blisters where the shoe rubs on your foot. Often, people will choose a shoe for the style or they way they look. That is a big mistake for the happiness of your toes and shoes!
If you start to develop wear and tear on your skin of your toes, stop wearing your current shoes. You can also pad the area to protect the skin and decrease the development of a blister or corn.
Whether you are suffering from foot issues, joint pain, or injuries resulting from any type of activity, JOI has 13 physical therapy clinics conveniently located in Jacksonville and Northeast FL who specialize in orthopedic rehab.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045. Come see us!
All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home.
- Finally, to schedule a new patient or follow up patient appointment with your MD, please call (904)JOI-2000
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