Corns are a common condition that can cause significant discomfort and pain on the feet. These small areas of thickened skin can develop on the toes or the soles of the feet due to friction or pressure. While corns are generally not a serious medical condition, they can be quite painful and affect daily activities. A podiatrist can provide a range of treatments to alleviate pain caused by corns.
One of the most effective treatments for painful corns is to remove the pressure and friction that is causing them. A podiatrist can do this by recommending the use of protective padding or orthotics to redistribute pressure on the feet. Orthotics are custom-made inserts that are designed to provide cushioning and support to the feet. By wearing orthotics, the pressure on the feet is distributed more evenly, reducing the friction that can lead to corn formation.
In addition to orthotics, a podiatrist can also remove the corns using a variety of techniques. One common approach is to gently pare away the thickened skin using a scalpel. This can provide immediate relief from pain and can also reduce the risk of infection. In some cases, a podiatrist may recommend using topical medications or prescription strength creams to help soften the corns and facilitate removal.
To prevent corns from returning, it is important to address the underlying cause of the problem. A podiatrist can evaluate the feet and recommend changes to footwear or activities that can help reduce pressure and friction. For example, if corns are forming due to poorly fitting shoes, a podiatrist may recommend wearing shoes with a wider toe box or using padding to reduce pressure.
By addressing the underlying causes of corn formation, podiatrists can provide long-term relief from pain and discomfort on the feet. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to corns, it is important to consult with a qualified podiatrist to develop a personalised treatment plan.