What causes corns?Corns result from repeated focal pressure on the foot, such as rubbing of the skin against a shoe, wearing no socks with shoes, or foot deformities, to name a few. This means the longer you spend on your feet, the more likely you are to develop a corn. Altered foot shapes like bunions and clawed toes have a greater tendency to develop corns from the resulting friction with footwear. Women are more likely to develop corns due to wearing high heels and less supportive footwear than men. Corns are more prevalent with age as the skin thins and has less protection.
What are the signs and symptoms?Aside from circular white/yellow patches of skin on the foot, symptoms include:
- Localised pain that can range from mild to severe
How do you treat corns?We safely and effectively remove most corns in the clinic. In most cases, this will alleviate painful symptoms immediately.
- The thickened, dead skin layers are trimmed back
- The corn is enucleated and removed
- As the skin is already dead, there is minimal pain (aside from the irritation from the corn)