What Are Corns?

What Are Corns?

A corn is a thickening of the skin of the foot that is hard, inflammatory, and most frequently found on the heel and toes. Although painful and unpleasant, corns may be efficiently treated.

While calluses mainly form on the foot soles, corns are tiny and form on the toes.

The most common cause of corns and blisters is new, uncomfortable shoes.

Corns might manifest in one of two ways:
• Soft type of corns - develops between the fingers because of skin friction and perspiration.
• Hard corns - which develop on the soles and outsides of the toes because of mechanical pressure from walking

How to recognize development of the corns?

The skin on corns is initially soft, pink to red in color, and thin and smooth in the center.

Over time, however, the skin on corns gets firmer and more painful. A person may no longer be able to wear any shoes that contact the afflicted area of the skin due to the increasing agony that corns cause.

Although the development of thicker skin on the feet is a natural process, incorrect walking that causes areas of the feet to suffer more, as well as the improper selection of footwear, can result in deformations and several other disorders.

The most common spot for corns to develop is on the feet, particularly in areas where shoes constantly and frequently scrape against the skin. On the sides and tops of the toes and feet, corns are particularly prevalent.

The following are features of corns:
• The region is inflamed and excruciatingly painful.
• Between the toes, soft corns develop
• Hard corns commonly develop over bony protrusions on the toes and feet.
• Uncomfortable shoes are the main culprit.

Affected areas

The most frequent cause of a corn between the toes is wearing too-tight shoes.

The feet sweat excessively, especially in the space between the toes. Fingers and toes rubbing against one
another causes the skin to thicken and form corns.

When you wear uncomfortable or too-tight shoes, corns will develop on your toe. They frequently show up there after spending a lot of time standing or strolling.
You should then switch to a different pair of footwear and treat the corns before putting on
another pair.


Wearing specific cotton fabric pads that function as a cushion between the sore area of the skin and the shoes is advised to lessen the pressure that the shoes impose on the area where the corn
has grown. Additionally, regular pedicures are suggested for those who are prone to corns so that they may be treated early on and avoided altogether.

Consider your footwear while trying to prevent corns from forming they need to be well-made
and comfy as you may spend up to 10 hours a day wearing them. Make sure to consult a
pedicurist for advice if corns do appear, and if required, seek medical attention.

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