Corns: What Are They, and How Do You Get Rid of Them

Corns are thickened areas on the skin’s surface, to the point of being irritating and sometimes painful. Commonly found on the feet, corns are circular or cone-shaped. They develop where there are areas of pressure or friction, such as on the little toe when it rubs up against shoes, or on the ball of your foot. The official medical term for corns is Helomas.

Corns are often confused with a callus, but there is a difference between them. Corns can be raised bumps that are painful to the touch. They consist of a rough, thick area of skin that may be dry or waxy. Corns tend to be surrounded by skin that is inflamed, and are usually much smaller than calluses.


Removing the dead skin that has built up is the key in treating corns. Salicylic acid medication is most common in accomplishing this. The acid works by dissolving keratin, which is the protein that makes up the majority of corns. You can purchase salicylic acid over-the-counter in products such as wart removers. It comes in a variety of forms such as medicated pads, drops, or creams. However, people who are diabetic should not use salicylic acid, but should instead consult their doctor immediately.


According to the product directions, applying the medication directly onto the corn will treat it. The top layer of the corn will begin to turn white after use. When that occurs, the layers of skin can then be peeled away, making the corn smaller. Shaving off corns with razors or other pedicure equipment is never a good idea. This can lead to infection. If your corn gets infected, and is not treated immediately, a visit to the doctor will be necessary.

Another way to treat corns and help prevent their return is by using orthotic inserts, fitted by a podiatrist. Inserts fit right into your shoes and adjusts the way your foot fits into your shoes. This fixes the way you walk. This will lower your chances of getting corns, and eliminate current corns by reducing rubbing from friction.

Surgery is rarely used to treat corns, but does occur on occasion. Surgery actually deals with the underlying issue that causes corns. During surgery, the bone is shaved and any abnormalities are corrected, thus reducing the amount of friction that occurs during walking.

To prevent corns, the first step is reducing friction. Always wear shoes that fit well and don’t rub your feet. Pads can be purchased if you notice rubbing developing. These pads can be purchased over-the-counter, and can be simply placed on the irritated area. Wearing cushioned insoles in your shoes can always reduce the friction, and making sure to wear well-fitting shoes. This will ensure that your foot is not being squeezed awkwardly, and prevent corns from forming in the first place.

Meet Dr. Resnikoff

Dr. Adam Resnikoff is a highly respected and board certified podiatrist specializing in treating toenail, bunion and hammertoe surgery, corn and callous removal throughout the Murray Hill and Midtown East areas of New York, New York. He is the Medical/Surgical Director and owner of Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers and has been in practice since 1990. Dr. Adam Resnikoff brings 25 years of experience caring for the podiatry needs of patients. 

Dr. Resnikoff attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem, NY, which was founded in 1911 and was the first Podiatric Medical school established in the United States. He is certified in laser surgery and performs in-office foot surgery using IV sedation provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers also offers digital x-rays on the spot, free consultations, and custom orthotics (shoe inserts). Dr. Resnikoff has also been a volunteer at local VA hospitals, has served as a fellow at the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, and has been board certified by the American Podiatric Medical Specialties Board.

Dr. Resnikoff welcomes patients at his offices on 36 East 36th Street in Manhattan's Murray Hill section in New York and 230 East 48th Street in Midtown East. Most insurance plans are accepted.


 

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Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers

Dr. Adam Resnikoff is a highly respected and board certified podiatrist specializing in treating toenail, bunion and hammertoe surgery, corn and callous removal throughout the Murray Hill and Midtown East areas of New York, New York. He is the Medical/Surgical Director and owner of Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers and has been in practice since 1990. Dr. Adam Resnikoff brings 25 years of experience caring for the podiatry needs of patients. 

Dr. Resnikoff attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem, NY, which was founded in 1911 and was the first Podiatric Medical school established in the United States. He is certified in laser surgery and performs in-office foot surgery using IV sedation provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers also offers digital x-rays on the spot, free consultations, and custom orthotics (shoe inserts). Dr. Resnikoff has also been a volunteer at local VA hospitals, has served as a fellow at the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, and has been board certified by the American Podiatric Medical Specialties Board.

Dr. Resnikoff welcomes patients at his offices on 36 East 36th Street in Manhattan's Murray Hill section in New York and 230 East 48th Street in Midtown East. Most insurance plans are accepted.


 


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