Whether you recently developed corns after roaming Philadelphia landmarks in tight shoes; or you suffer from metabolic syndrome, and you’ve been struggling with multiple peripheral issues, including gout, peripheral arterial disease, and foot problems, now may be a smart time to consult with the Philadelphia podiatrists at Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates.

When corns go from inconvenient to dangerous

Corns can be problematic for many reasons, including aesthetic ones. If a corn pokes into a nerve, the shooting pain that you feel every time you take a step can be downright debilitating. However, in certain circumstances, corns can be more than just uncomfortable and unappealing: they can be dangerous to your health and wellbeing.

Here are some examples:

  • Say you try to treat your corns using salicylic acid from a drugstore. The acid may burn more than just the keratin and dead skin cells. It may also burn other parts of your foot and create the potential for infection.
  • The shooting nerve pain from your corns may get so bad that you wind up taking significant pain drugs every day—including lots of Tylenol, Motrin, and prescription painkillers. The side effects of taking anti-inflammatory drugs or painkillers on a regular basis can be severe, particularly if you have other medical problems.
  • You may have a tendency to “push yourself” and “work through the pain.” Persistence is good. But if you consciously fight the pain, you may start to adopt poor walking or postural habits, which can in turn cause other problems in your body. For instance, an awkward gait can put pressure on your legs and joints, which can wear down tissue.

Treatment for corns in Philadelphia: a powerful, integrated solution

The team here at Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates can help you, whether you developed corns due to bad-fitting shoes, hammertoe, or bony growths on your feet. Call us today at 610-565-3668 to schedule an appointment at our Media PA foot clinic.