What is that small, raised skin bump on the top of your little toe? Look closely. It could be one of the most frequent skin and podiatric problems people of all ages suffer from--the common corn. Essentially a callused area of thick skin, a corn is a benign condition of the foot. You can self-diagnose, care for and apply preventive measures for this bothersome bump that occurs in approximately three million Americans annually. Dr. Howard Abramsohn, your podiatrist in Moorestown wants you to know more.
The wheres and whys of corns
Corns occur practically anywhere on your foot--top, bottom, sides and even between the toes. They pop up on the parts of your foot that do the most weight bearing, too--the ball of the foot and the heel. When not treated at home or at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates, they become unsightly, painful and inflamed.
Why do people get corns? The biggest cause, says the American Academy of Dermatology, is friction and pressure from poorly fitting shoes. If the top of your big toe is crowded by a shoe that is too tight or narrowly shaped, your skin reacts and forms thickened, hard patches of skin.
Preventing and treating corns
Dr. Abramsohn recommends these preventive measures to keep your feet corn-free:
- Wear properly fitting shoes with ample room in the toe box
- Keep your toenails neatly trimmed to avoid friction between your shoe and your foot
- Apply moisturizing lotions daily to avoid skin dryness
- Use over the counter pads and patches to reduce friction between your foot and your shoe
- File existing corns with a pumice stone
- Apply lotion containing salicylic acid to exfoliate thick, dry skin
- Wear socks as putting bare feet into even well-fitting shoes causes undue friction on toes and joints
Of course, when corns are persistent, recur or are especially inflamed and painful, you should consult Dr. Abramsohn to ensure you are not suffering from an underlying foot problem such as a bunion, a deformity of the first joint of the big toes. Additionally, diabetics who typically experience peripheral circulation problems should seek professional treatment for corns and get routine check-ups with their podiatrist in Moorestown.
Do you have corns?
Generally, corns are no big deal, but left alone, they can compromise your skin integrity, foot structure and gait. If you suspect a corn, please contact Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates for an appointment with Dr. Abramsohn. He'll inspect your feet and get them feeling, looking and functioning at their very best. Call his office team today for an appointment: (856) 234-5180.