Similar to calluses, corns are composed of hard skin that develops on the bony points of your feet. Unlike calluses, corns also can appear between your toes. Corns develop over time as hardened, rough skin. They eventually become painful, which makes wearing tight shoes uncomfortable.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately five percent of Americans suffer from foot corn pain every year. If your corns have become painful and unsightly, find a New Jersey foot doctor to remove them. Dr. Velimir Petkov is board-qualified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Modern podiatry has several treatment therapies available for corn removal. Non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques are available to make your corns disappear. If you need foot corn removal surgery, visit the specialists at Premier Podiatry in Passaic County, New Jersey.
Corns develop over time as the skin becomes irritated and tries to protect your foot with a hardened surface. Pressure and friction from ill-fitting or non-supportive shoes cause this callused skin to grow. The result is pain, soreness, swelling, redness and discomfort. You may develop rough, hardened, raised bumps on your skin, or you may have waxy or dry skin that consistently flakes off. Although each corn on your foot may appear unique, they tend to form in one of three ways:
• Small seed corns often occur along the bottom of your feet. Round in shape, they resemble dead skin.
• Soft corns are tender to the touch. Their outer layer usually appears thin and smooth with a white or gray tone. They generally appear between your toes and typically feel rubbery.
• Hard corns are the most common. Usually appearing on the top of your toes or on the side of your little toe, hard corns are dense patches of skin that grow thicker over time.
Corns and calluses aren’t the same things. Calluses usually aren’t painful. They appear on the weight-bearing areas of your feet. Corns occur on non-weight-bearing areas, such as between your toes. Corns may also be confused with cysts or warts. Ask your podiatrist to make the correct diagnosis.
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