Corns—nobody wants them, but many people have them. This foot ailment seems minor, but nonetheless can have a huge effect on your daily life. Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates can get you back on track for a lifetime of walking. Don’t delay; call us today to get started treating your corns.
When to Treat Corns:
You should have your corns treated if they become painful, keeping you from walking, running and other daily activities. You should also see a Tri-state area podiatrist if you have fragile skin or if you suffer from diabetes or peripheral arterial disease.
It is never a good idea to treat corns yourself. Complications can arise that are much worse than the original problem. When you make your appointment to see a doctor, the types of treatment you will receive fall into two categories: non-surgical and surgical.
Non-Surgical Corn Treatment Options:
After an initial evaluation, your podiatrist may employ one or more of the following non-invasive options for treating your corn:
- Replace your footwear with shoes and boots that fit properly.
- Trim the corn with a small knife. This is an office procedure.
- Train you how to use a pumice stone to remove dead skin.
- Provide you with protective padding like moleskin or shoe inserts to help relieve pressure and rubbing.
- Use salicylic acid to soften the corn.
- Use metatarsal bar shoe inserts to help distribute your weight more evenly. Athletes commonly use these if they run a lot.
Surgical Corn Treatment Options:
Most corns can be treated without any type of surgery. However, in cases that are severe or painful enough when all other options have failed, your doctor may:
- Surgically remove the corn at an in-office visit, which involves a minimal incision and quick recovery time.
- Operate on a bone structure that is causing the problem, such as hammertoe or bunion.
- If you have a soft corn between your toes, it is possible to sew the skin at the bases of your toes together after removing the corn. This creates a webbing that prevents the growth of another corn.
At Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates, we pride ourselves on the quality of our health care team. From the front office to our three full-time board certified podiatrists, you will receive compassionate, professional care.
Whether you live in Philadelphia, Wilmington or Camden, call us today for an appointment at either of our convenient locations. Experience for yourself the evolution in foot and ankle treatment.