Corns, Heels and Nails / Corn

A corn is a hard thickened area of skin that forms due to an increase of pressure, friction or rubbing. It is your body's protective response to prevent the skin breaking down

  • WHAT IS A CORN?
    • Hard thickened areas of skin that form due to an increase of pressure, friction or rubbing
    • It is your body’s protective response to prevent the skin breaking down
    • A corn typically presents smaller than callus but can go much deeper – often why they are found to be more painful
  • WHERE DO THEY OCCUR?
    • Corns develop where there is a direct increase in pressure, for example:
      • Bony prominences
      • Tops or sides of toes
  • ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CORNS?
    • Yes! A corn can develop in many different ways and you may hear your Podiatrist refer to your corn in the following ways:

     

    Hard Corn:

    • Common over bony prominences
    • Small patch of thickened skin with small plug in centre
    • Usually painful

    Soft Corn:

    • Common in between the toes
    • Much thinner in appearance
    • White and rubbery

    Seed Corn:

    • Common on bottom of feet
    • Typically occur in clusters
    • Very tender if on weight-bearing surfaces
  • HOW DOES A PODIATRIST TREAT A CORN?
    • Gentle debridement of the hard calloused skin so the centre of the corn is able to be removed easily
    • Assessment of your feet and footwear to determine the cause and advice to prevent recurrence
    • Wedges or padding may be used to assist healing the skin and reducing the pressure that may have led to corn development
    • Corns often require ongoing management.  Your podiatrist will provide immediate pain relief and seek to find a long term solution
  • WHAT IS A CORN?
    • Hard thickened areas of skin that form due to an increase of pressure, friction or rubbing
    • It is your body’s protective response to prevent the skin breaking down
    • A corn typically presents smaller than callus but can go much deeper – often why they are found to be more painful
  • WHERE DO THEY OCCUR?
    • Corns develop where there is a direct increase in pressure, for example:
      • Bony prominences
      • Tops or sides of toes
  • ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CORNS?
    • Yes! A corn can develop in many different ways and you may hear your Podiatrist refer to your corn in the following ways:

     

    Hard Corn:

    • Common over bony prominences
    • Small patch of thickened skin with small plug in centre
    • Usually painful

    Soft Corn:

    • Common in between the toes
    • Much thinner in appearance
    • White and rubbery

    Seed Corn:

    • Common on bottom of feet
    • Typically occur in clusters
    • Very tender if on weight-bearing surfaces
  • HOW DOES A PODIATRIST TREAT A CORN?
    • Gentle debridement of the hard calloused skin so the centre of the corn is able to be removed easily
    • Assessment of your feet and footwear to determine the cause and advice to prevent recurrence
    • Wedges or padding may be used to assist healing the skin and reducing the pressure that may have led to corn development
    • Corns often require ongoing management.  Your podiatrist will provide immediate pain relief and seek to find a long term solution

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