Corns Specialist

New York Foot Experts

Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon located in Financial District, New York, NY

Everyday walking and standing put tremendous pressure on your feet. Without proper footwear, all that pressure causes friction between your shoes and toes that leads to painful corns. At New York Foot Experts: Daniel Drapacz, DPM, you can receive an expert evaluation that determines whether you have problems with your shoes or foot structures, then get relief with proper treatment. To schedule an appointment, call one of his New York offices, conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper East Side, and the Financial District.

Corns Q & A

What is a corn?

A corn is a thickened area of skin that develops on the top of your foot or, more commonly, your toe. Although a corn is similar to a callus, there are two key differences. A callus forms on the bottom of your foot. More importantly, the skin thickening in a callus tends to be flat and widespread. When you have a corn, the skin lesion is thick, deep, and has a distinct core.

What causes corns?

When your skin is irritated from ongoing pressure or friction, it responds by building up layers of skin to protect the area. Corns often form on the tops or sides of your toes, where the joint of one toe presses against the joint of its neighboring toe or where the joints push against your shoes.

The most common causes of corns include:

  • Shoes that don’t fit properly or don’t have sufficient padding
  • Socks that don’t fit properly or going without socks
  • High-heeled shoes
  • Toe deformities such as hammer toe

What are the symptoms of corns?

The primary symptoms are pain and tenderness when pressure is applied to the corn. This means you may have symptoms every time you put on shoes. In some cases, a fluid-filled sac can develop beneath the corn.

How are corns treated?

If you have a small corn that’s not painful, you may not need treatment, but it’s still a good idea to have any bump on your foot evaluated by Dr. Drapacz to be sure it’s not a problem that could worsen and cause significant discomfort. You should also get a professional foot examination if you have diabetes, to prevent ulcers or sores from developing.

Dr. Drapacz carefully examines your feet, shoes, and the way you walk to determine all possible causes and to rule out an underlying toe deformity. The doctor may trim the corn by shaving dead layers of skin, recommend a keratolytic medication to soften the skin, or perform other procedures, depending on the results of your examination.

Other self-care recommendations that may be included in your treatment plan include:

  • Soaking your feet
  • Using pumice to reduce the size of the corn
  • Wearing nonmedicated, donut-shaped padding
  • Replacing your shoes
  • Orthotic inserts to add cushioning and reduce pressure

Anytime you have pain that interferes with walking, or you notice a bump on your toes, call the New York Foot Experts or use online booking to schedule an appointment. If your schedule is tricky, ask about evening, Saturday, and same-day appointments.

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