Preventing Painful Corns

Inspecting foot for corns

At North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, we firmly believe that prevention is the best form of treatment. While we’re happy to fix your foot issues (and get a lot of satisfaction from doing so), the best case scenario is to keep your feet healthy in the first place.

Take corns. These swollen, unsightly patches of thickened skin can appear on the tops of toes (or between them) as a response to excess friction and pressure over a long period of time. Although corns usually aren’t painful on their own, they can cause pain when pressed, and when they rub uncomfortably against the inside of a shoe.

If you find corns to be a recurring problem, you need a good corn prevention strategy. The tactics used may vary a little bit depending on what, exactly, is the underlying source of the pressure and friction, but common options include:

  • Make sure your everyday shoes are comfortable, supportive, fit well, and provide plenty of space for toes to wiggle. Shoes that are too tight in the toe box can lead to corn formation. Shop for shoes late in the day (when feet are at their largest) and make sure you measure width and length each time.
  • Try padded coverings for areas that commonly develop corns. Be sure to choose a non-medicated pad—some over-the-counter corn pads contain an acid which can damage healthy skin.
  • Often, an underlying deformity or defect in your foot structure creates pressure points that can cause corns. Sometimes these are obvious (such as hammertoes), other times not so much. We can help you find an orthotic device (either prefabricated or fully custom) that will reduce the pressure. In rare cases, we might recommend reconstructive surgery to fix the deformity, but only after conservative measures have been attempted first.

Let Dr. Keith McSpadden and the team at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute help you keep your corns under control! To schedule an appointment with us in Cedar Park or Round Rock, TX, please call now at (152) 593-2949.

Posted on September 7, 2016 and filed under Skin Care.