Corns are one of the most typical and common foot problems that a person can experience. They can occur on any part of the foot and they can vary in severity from a mild pain to an infected ulcer that can develop under the corn.
When a corn develops it means that the skin is thickening in response to pressure being put on it.
Some common symptoms of a foot corn are a thickened player of skin on the foot tenderness and pain in that area and a flay or dry and waxy texture to the skin.
Corns and calluses are often confused but they are not the same thing even though they are quite similar.
Corns will be smaller than calluses and will have a hard center. They usually develop on the parts of the foot that do not bear any weight, like the top or side of the toes, while calluses usually form on the bottom of the foot.
Corns are usually painful and calluses are usually not.
The most common cause of a corn is wearing shoes that do not fit properly. Tight shoes can squeeze the foot and increase pressure on the skin. Also, if the shoe is too loose then the foot can slide and rub against the shoe and then this friction will create the corn.
Socks not fitting properly can also cause corns.
There are to types of corns, with hard corns being the most common ones. These are usually caused by shoes that do not fit or by certain toe deformities. Soft corns, on the other hand, will occur as a result of bone abnormalities and will usually develop in between the toes which is why they are sometimes called “kissing corns,” because there could be two facing each other on the insides of toes.
The best way to prevent a foot corn is to avoid friction-causing activities and to wear shoes that fit well. It is also important that the socks and stocking will not cramp the toes. When a person is buying shoes they should try them out thoroughly, stand up while trying them and walk around the store to see how they fit. It is also best to shop for shoes late in the day when a person has been walking all day and the feet are swollen. The shoes also need to provide a little extra room for the toes to be able to move around a bit. When trying shoes a person should try them on both feet as well.