What are Corns?

Do you suffer from one or more corns on your feet? More than just annoying, these hard skin bumps really hurt, and can even change the way that you walk. Fortunately, here at Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, your podiatrist, Dr. Michael Dershowitz, treats problems related to corns and can show you ways on how to prevent them.

Those stubborn corns

Corns on the tops or bottoms of your feet, or even between your toes, can really hurt as you walk. A type of callus, corns typically present themselves as small, hardened, and raised areas of skin that if untreated, continue to grow and eventually ulcerate.

At our offices in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, your podiatrist sees many patients that suffer from considerable corn-related discomfort. He examines corns carefully to discover why they are forming. Causes for corn formation frequently include:

  • Friction from socks which bunch up inside the shoes
  • Shoes which are too tight or fit too loosely, causing areas of friction
  • Foot deformities such as bony bunions and claw-like hammertoes, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Treating corns

Removal becomes necessary if corns have become large and particularly harmful to your foot. For smaller and less widespread corns, however, you can attempt some self-care such as warm soaks, the use of over-the-counter medicated pads, and pumice stone therapy, all of which may shrink the size and rough surface of a corn. Wearing wider and more well-padded shoes helps, as well, as do customized shoe inserts (orthotics) which can correct how you place your feet as you walk.

Cure your corns

With the help of Dr. Dershowitz and his friendly staff at Southwest Foot Institute you can find relief from your crowns. Set up an appointment at either Phoenix or Glendale office today by dialing (602) 340-8686.

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