Treatment of Corns at Skinpase Clinic
What are Corns?
These are layers of dead skin that have hardened as a result of constant pressure and friction on the skin. The corn grows larger and thicker as it penetrates deeper layers of skin, frequently causing pain and distress. They usually show up on parts of your skin that bear weight, such as the bottoms of your feet. These corns are typically referred to as hard corns since the skin has adjusted and the uncomfortable “core” of the corn has hardened.
Additionally, corns can build on the foot’s non-weight-bearing surfaces, particularly in the space between “squished” toes. This is termed as Soft corn. These corn on toes have a white or greyish colour and are frequently softer and thinner in texture. These develop when the skin’s surface is unable to adequately dry and can get damp, which is frequently due to perspiration.
Signs and Symptoms
A corn may be present if you notice any of the following signs:
What Causes the Corns?
When constant pressure and friction are applied to the skin of the foot, the skin’s protective response is to thicken, which leads to the development of corns and calluses. Possible causes of this pressure or friction include:
We advise against attempting to remove the corn on toes and other parts by your own because you risk damaging the nearby healthy tissue or blood vessels, which could cause discomfort, infection, and scarring. Our course of corn treatment involves surgery, where the process is carried out following the injection of an anaesthetic solution to the lesion for quick and painless removal. Our dermatology clinic will give proper treatment options for the removal of corns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Skin corns can be treated and managed but they may not be completely curable. You can alleviate the pain and discomfort with proper treatment and management. You can also prevent them from getting worse or recurring. Treatment options may include self-care measures like soaking the affected area using a pumice stone to remove dead skin etc. In more severe cases, a dermatologist may recommend prescription of strength medications or procedures such as surgical removal of the corn.
Yes, you can take steps to prevent corns from forming on your toes. This includes wearing properly fitting shoes, avoiding high heels or shoes with tight toe boxes, and wearing socks to absorb moisture and reduce friction.
If your corns are causing significant pain or discomfort, it’s best to see a dermatologist for getting treatment options.
No, corns on toes are not contagious. They are a result of pressure and friction on the skin, and are not caused by a virus or bacteria.
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