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Corns Treatment in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

Corns treatment in the Midtown Manhattan, NY: Grand Central Park, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Greenwich village, Chelsea, Gramercy Park, Peter Cooper Village, Hell's Kitchen, Lincoln Square, Manhattan Valley, Lenox Hill, Upper East Side,  Yorkville, Carnegie Hill, Hudson Square, Noho, Soho, Bowery areasIf you happen to wear tight fitting shoes or tend to stand for the majority of your day, it’s likely that you may develop a foot condition known as a corn. When frequent friction or pressure is put on the foot, a small, hardened lump may form in that area. A corn may have a yellow hue and can typically be found on the side of the toes, as well as on the bottom of the feet. Though they are generally harmless, corns can often bring many patients discomfort.

Symptoms of Corns

Corns are thickened areas on the skin’s surface, to the point of being irritating and sometimes painful. Commonly found on the feet, corns are circular or cone-shaped and develop where there are areas of pressure or friction, such as on the little toe when it rubs up against shoes or on the ball of your foot.

Corns are often confused with a callus, but there is a difference between them. Corns can be raised bumps that are painful to the touch. They consist of a rough, thick area of skin that may be dry or waxy. Corns tend to be surrounded by skin that is inflamed, and are usually much smaller than calluses.

Foot Corns Prevention

To help prevent yourself from developing a corn, it’s important to wear shoes that give your toes enough room to comfortably move around. Some patients may also find it useful to soak the feet with warm water, pat them dry, and apply a moisturizer. After practicing these steps over a period of time, the corn will most likely soften. Your podiatrist may choose to file the corn down.

Corns Treatment

The best treatment for a corn varies from person to person and is best determined by a podiatrist. Certain topical over-the-counter products may be suggested, or a more serious treatment may be prescribed. Diabetics should consult with a podiatrist immediately if they have developed a corn, as small wounds such as corns can develop into more serious conditions.

Orthotic inserts, which are fitted by a podiatrist, may also help with treating corns. Inserts fit right into the shoes and adjust the way the feet fit into the shoes, thus fixing the way one walks. Proper-fitting orthotics can help reduce friction, which can in turn help reduce corn formation and exacerbation.

Surgery is rarely used to treat corns, but does occur on occasion. Corn surgery actually deals with the underlying issue that causes corns. During surgery, the bone is shaved and any abnormalities are corrected, thus reducing the amount of friction that occurs during walking.

For more information and professional removal of your corn, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist for an advised treatment plan.

Corns (FAQs)

What are foot corns? 
Corns are small, hard, raised lumps of skin that can appear on the feet in response to friction and pressure. They are called corns due to their resemblance to a corn kernel. Corns can be soft or hard. Soft corns usually develop between the toes and have a rubbery texture. Hard corns usually form on the tops of toes and are more dry and dense.  
Are foot corns painful? 
Corns can be painful, especially when pressure is applied to them. Pressure exerted on corns while walking, standing, or simply wearing shoes and going about your daily activities can cause pain or discomfort. The corns may also become red and inflamed.
What are the treatments for foot corns?
Soaking the feet in warm water, buffing away hardened skin with a wet pumice stone, and applying a moisturizer may help relieve symptoms. Wearing wider, open-toes shoes and using adhesive corn pads can take pressure off of the corns. 
Can a corn go away on its own? 
It is possible for corns to go away on their own if you take care to avoid putting too much pressure on them. Nevertheless, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with the most appropriate treatments for you, especially if your corns are severely painful or chronic. You should also see a podiatrist for treatment if you have diabetes, as diabetics are at an increased risk of developing complications from corns. 
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