Understanding the Causes of Corns on Your Feet

Corns on your feet can be a real nuisance. These small, thickened areas of skin form in response to pressure or friction, often causing discomfort and pain. But what exactly causes corns to develop? Here, we’ll explore the most common factors that lead to corns, helping you understand how to prevent and manage them.

1. Poorly fitted shoes

One of the most common culprits behind corns is wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Shoes that are too tight or too loose can cause your feet to rub against the inside of the shoe, leading to friction and pressure.

2. Toe Deformities

Certain foot conditions, like hammertoes or bunions, can contribute to the development of corns as they can increase areas of friction and pressure underneath the foot and inbetween the toes.

3. Foot Structure

The natural shape and structure of your feet can influence where pressure points occur. If you have flat feet, high arches, or other structural differences, you might be more prone to developing corns.

4. Not Wearing Socks

Wearing shoes without socks or with thin, inadequate socks can increase friction between your feet and your shoes. This can lead to the formation of corns, particularly in areas where the shoe rubs against your skin.

5. Aging Skin

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and loses some of its natural cushioning. This can make older adults more susceptible to corns, as their skin is less able to withstand pressure and friction.

How can a Podiatrist help?

A podiatrist can provide comprehensive care to manage and prevent corns effectively.

1. Accurate Diagnosis

A podiatrist can accurately diagnose the cause of your corns. By examining your feet and understanding your lifestyle and foot structure, they can identify specific factors contributing to the problem.

2. Safe Corn Removal

Attempting to remove corns at home can be risky and may lead to infection or further injury. A podiatrist can safely remove corns using sterile instruments and professional techniques, providing immediate relief from discomfort.

3. Custom Orthotics

To address the underlying causes of corns, a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics. These are specially designed inserts that provide support and reduce pressure on specific areas of your feet, helping to prevent the formation of new corns.

4. Footwear Advice

Podiatrists can offer expert advice on the best footwear for your feet. They can recommend shoes that fit properly and provide the necessary support to minimize friction and pressure.

5. Ongoing Foot Care

Regular visits to a podiatrist can help maintain the health of your feet. They can monitor your condition, provide routine care, and offer guidance on how to keep your feet in the best possible condition.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from your corns, consider visiting a podiatrist. They can safely remove corns and provide advice on preventing them in the future. Remember, taking care of your feet is essential for maintaining mobility and enjoying a pain-free life.

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