Corns are not typically dangerous in and of themselves. But corns can cause major discomfort, can indicate deeper issues, and when left untreated could lead to other, more serious conditions like infection.
Corns, like other forms of calluses are the body’s response to repetitive friction. Frequently, corns indicate deeper structural issues and abnormalities. Flat feet, bone structure, bone spurs, etc. may all lead to corns.
Fastest Corn Removal Method
The fastest way to get rid of corns is same-day surgery. Even though a surgical procedure may seem overkill, because of the nature of the issue, working directly with a medical professional is often the best (and fastest) solution. A podiatrist will help to diagnose underlying issues and ensure a clean break with the offending corn.
Surgery isn’t the only answer, but it is the fastest. There are home remedies, but be careful to avoid anything that breaks the skin – or has potential to break the skin – at home. Including using a pumice stone! Podiatrists are able to treat corns to relieve pain through trimming, padding, offloading, and topical medications.
Getting rid of corns on your toes vs corns on the bottom of your feet
Corns on your toes may be due to underlying issues like hammer toe or simply due to ill-fitting shoes. If corns on your toes are obviously from your shoes rubbing or pushing your toes too tightly together (like on the top or inside of your toe), then your first step is getting better fitting shoes.
Corns on the bottom of your foot, not on the sides, are more likely to relate to underlying structural issues. These types of corns really need to be looked at by a podiatrist to diagnose the situation, help alleviate pain, and prevent ongoing issues.
How to Prevent Corns From Coming Back
The only way to prevent a corn from returning is to prevent a return to the conditions that caused it. Corns may be caused by underlying foot issues, or simply from wearing the wrong shoes and/or socks. Because corns are created by repeated friction, identifying the cause of the friction is the first step to keeping corns at bay.
Will Corns go away on their own?
Corns are built up keratin created by ongoing friction. Typically, unless the root cause is dealt with, corns aren’t going anywhere. Even when you deal with non-medical root causes like ill-fitting shoes, corns will not quickly resolve without some intervention.
How to heal or cure a corn at home
Here are a few things to try at home to alleviate corns caused by external factors.
- Change your footwear
Make sure your shoes aren’t rubbing. Wear the right socks and rotate footwear often.
- Soak your corns
Warm, soapy water can do wonders to soften corns, but avoid trimming (or even aggressively rubbing) softened corns at home – especially if you’re diabetic.
- Wear corn pads to reduce friction
Give your corns some space with over the counter corn pads – soft, donut shaped pads that prevent ongoing friction for existing corns.
- Practice good foot care
Keep your feet clean and moisturized, your toenails trimmed, and give your feet space to breathe and frequent breaks from standing.
At the end of the day, corns can cause a lot of discomfort, and looking for a quick solution is totally understandable. To figure out your best, fastest course of action (without setbacks from wasted time or poorly executed home remedies), schedule a visit with a podiatrist ASAP!