Introduction to corns
A corn is a thick pad of skin, also known as a callus, that usually results either from too much pressure or chafing on the skin. The corn is a callus that is very concentrated and it usually occurs on a pressure point, such as the top of the toe or under the joint of the toe. Corns can be very painful if they are touched or further pressure is applied on them. The skin that surrounds the corn can also become red and inflamed. Corns are actually patches of dead skin that form either on the toes or between them in most cases. The corns when pressed can put pressure on nerves in the foot, which can cause a serious amount of pain. Corns are often associated with a condition called bursitis and they are often caused by shoes that do not fit well. The skin is acting as a protector of the body and it thickens in order to protect the body from the pressure that is being inflicted on the toes. Many people who have arthritis or abnormal bone structures are more prone to getting corns than other people. Treatment
There are treatments available that can help to remove the corns and prevent them from coming back. The natural remedies that are available are usually very slow-working, however. One of the most popular ones is using vinegar to treat the corn. The best way to do this is to soak a cloth in the vinegar and then wrap it around the part of the toe where the callus is located. After wrapping the bandage or cloth, put the foot in a plastic bag so that you do no ruin your sheets and sleep with the vinegar wrap on the toe all night. However, there are better solutions that can be bought over-the-counter and they work at a much faster pace. There are also prescription drugs that can be used to treat the corn and they can all be purchased at any local pharmacy.
Since these products are fairly strong, there are a lot of people who complain that it can cause more harm than good. In some cases, the treatments can cause damage to the skin around the corn while trying to get rid of it. If this is a concern, then the person must look for the solution that has the smallest amount of acidic content and to use the treatment in small dosages in order to prevent further damage to the skin.