Corns can be stubborn and painful. Our podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Drapacz, DPM, can treat this condition with care and effectiveness at the New York Foot Experts, at any one of our three locations: 65 Broadway Suite 1103, New York, NY 10006, 360 West 125th St Suite 7, New York, NY 10027 or 469 7th Ave Suite 601, New York, NY 10018.
Corns begin on the thin and smooth layers of the skin of the feet and can be hard or soft in texture. Soft corns generally happen between the middle toes and hard corns usually develop on the top of toes. Another form is called seed corns which form on the bottom of the foot when sweat glands are clogged. Corns can unfortunately cause a great amount of pain when not treated on a timely basis.
They can be caused by:
- Irregular movements when walking.
- Unusual foot structure.
- Improperly fitting shoes.
- Refraining from using socks when wearing shoes.
- Consistent pressure that causes frequent friction on the foot.
Corns cause the skin to develop hard spots on the skin of the foot that are bumpy in nature, burning around the affected area and painful when touched or rubbed against. Yet when they are painful to a great extent, it’s important to take appropriate medications to prevent complications.
Treatments include trimming the outer layers of the corn, using padding to soften impact and reducing pressure in any way possible. Medications may also be utilized to slow down the growth of corns. Castor oil is also particularly effective. It is best utilized by using a swab soaked in the oil to cover the corn and locked in that position by taping it down. Bread is surprisingly also effective in treating this condition by soaking a small piece of it in apple cider vinegar and placing it over the infected corn with tape to make sure it stays there overnight.
As it can be seen, corns are not easy to treat if left untreated for long amounts of time. They should be treated with care to avoid infections and to prevent them from coming back. So, call us at 212-385-0801 to schedule a consultation for your feet today!