What are Corns?

Find out how to best care for and treat your corns.

A corn is a thickened region of skin that occurs due to friction (e.g., when your foot continuously rubs against your shoe) and is created by the skin to protect that area from further irritation. A corn is found on the top of the foot or on the toe, while a callus is found at the bottom of the foot.

This condition is not contagious, however, you may experience some pain if the corn becomes too thick. This condition can be particularly serious for someone with diabetes or poor circulation, as it can lead to further complications.

What causes a corn?

Shoes that don’t fit properly cause friction and put pressure on your foot whenever you walk, which eventually leads to corns. High heels are usually the biggest cause of corns, which is why women are more likely than men to develop this foot condition. Also wearing sandals without socks can produce enough friction to create a corn.

What are the symptoms of a corn?

You may notice a thick rough patch of skin on your foot that may also be raised or hard. Corns can also be painful or tender to the touch. They are most often found in parts of the foot that take on the most weight.

How do you treat corns?

The best action you can take against your corn is to stop wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. In the meantime you’ll want to use a corn pad or other protective padding on your corn to protect it while you are walking. By following these simple steps you can help eliminate your corn.

When should I see my Tampa podiatrist about my corn?

However, there are some instances in which the corn doesn’t go away or the pain gets worse. If you’ve tried everything but nothing seems to be working then it’s time to see your Tampa podiatrist. We can remove some of the thickened skin to reduce your corn or we can opt for a medication that will help us file down the dead skin. We may also recommend orthotic inserts to prevent corns from returning.

If you are experiencing foot pain in Tampa due to a corn, call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. If you also have diabetes or decreased circulation, it’s particularly important that you see your Tampa podiatrist for treatment.