Corns are known as areas of thickened skin that form on the feet from repeated pressure or friction on the skin. They can be painful and sometimes unsightly, located usually on the toes or on the top of the feet. Corns are typically mild and do not require treatment, as long as they are not irritating. Corns can become severe especially if you are a diabetic patient, have poor circulation or any other serious illness that can affect the feet. Changing your shoes or adding padded inserts in your shoes can help alleviate symptoms from corns. Your podiatrist can help reduce the appearance of your corns by shaving away the thickened skin.
Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.
Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.
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