Corns are hard, thickened areas of skin that form as a result of repeated pressure or friction on the skin. They are often found on the toes or soles of the feet and can be painful when pressure is applied. Corns can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, tight socks, or other footwear that puts pressure on the feet. They can also be caused by foot deformities, such as hammer toes or bunions.
Are you one of the many people who keep getting corns on their feet? These small and painful bumps that form on the skin of your feet are not only unsightly but also uncomfortable to walk on. Corns are a common foot problem that affects people of all ages and lifestyles. In this article, we’ll explore the causes of corns, how to prevent them, and when to seek medical attention.
Why do I keep getting corns on my feet?
If you’re wondering why you keep getting corns on your feet, there could be several reasons. Here are some of the most common causes:
Wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes
When you wear shoes that are too tight or don’t fit properly, they can rub against your skin and cause friction, leading to the development of corns.
If you participate in high-impact activities such as running or jumping, your feet are subjected to constant pressure and impact, which can cause corns to form.
Walking or standing for long periods
If your job requires you to stand or walk for long periods, you’re more likely to develop corns on your feet, especially if you’re wearing uncomfortable shoes.
If you have foot deformities such as hammertoes, bunions, or flat feet, you’re more likely to develop corns on your feet.
As we age, the skin on our feet becomes thinner and less elastic, making us more susceptible to corns.
Poor foot hygiene
If you don’t take care of your feet by regularly washing them and keeping them dry, you’re more likely to develop corns and other foot problems.
Preventing Corns on Your Feet
Preventing corns on your feet is easier than treating them. Here are some tips to help you keep your feet corn-free:
Wear comfortable shoes
Make sure your shoes fit properly and are comfortable to wear. Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose.
Choose the right socks
Wear socks that fit properly and are made of breathable materials that allow your feet to stay dry.
Use cushioned insoles
Using cushioned insoles can help reduce the pressure on your feet and prevent the formation of corns.
Keep your feet dry
Make sure to dry your feet thoroughly after washing them, especially between your toes. Moisture can lead to the formation of corns and other foot problems.
Trim your toenails regularly
Keeping your toenails trimmed can help prevent corns from forming, especially if you have foot deformities.
Seek medical attention
If you have foot deformities or other medical conditions that make you more susceptible to corns, seek medical attention to find out what you can do to prevent them.
Treating Corns on Your Feet
If you already have corns on your feet, there are several treatment options available:
Soak your feet
Soaking your feet in warm water can help soften the corn and make it easier to remove.
Use a pumice stone
Using a pumice stone to gently file away the dead skin can help remove the corn and reduce pain.
Apply a corn pad
Corn pads can help relieve pressure on the corn
Corns can be painful and unsightly, but they can be prevented with proper foot care and by wearing comfortable shoes that fit properly. If you already have corns on your feet, there are several treatment options available, but it’s important to seek medical attention if you have foot deformities or other medical conditions that make you more susceptible to corns. By taking care of your feet and seeking medical attention when needed, you can prevent and treat corns on your feet and keep your feet healthy and pain-free.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure, so take care of your feet and avoid activities or footwear that can cause corns to develop. With these simple tips, you can keep your feet healthy and free from corns.
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Mohammed Zaid is the only BHPC registered Podiatrist practising in Botswana. As a devout family man, my interests extend to family health as I have served at the Rahima Moosa Mother and child hospital. Passionate about the patients I do and the health of their feet, I have a specific interest in Diabetic foot care and can be of excellent service to these sufferers.