The feet can often be the most neglected part of the body, even though they're arguably one of the most important. If you've noticed a small, painful lump on one of your toes or the bottom of your foot, you may have developed a corn. This is a common foot problem seen by Dr. Steven Vines, your podiatrist in Ventura and Oxnard, CA, and is fortunately very treatable. Dr. Vines details more information about corns and how they're treated here.
What are corns?
Corns are named for the kernels that they resemble, but your Ventura and Oxnard podiatrist may refer to them as helomas or hyperkeratoses. Similar to calluses, corns develop when the skin on the toes or feet becomes hard and thickened as a result of constant friction and pressure from shoes. This is a natural response by the body to protect the skin from wounds in the affected area, but unfortunately, the raised nature of a corn combined with the continuing friction leads to pain.
How are corns treated?
Your Ventura and Oxnard podiatrist may recommend that you apply an over-the-counter topical product that contains salicylic acid, which helps to break down the layers of skin that make up the corn. Cushioned pads can be worn to keep the feet comfortable in the meantime. Footwear should also be evaluated to make sure it fits properly; both too-tight and too-large shoes can be responsible for the development of corns. Particularly large or bothersome corns can be removed inDr. Vines' podiatry office. This is the standard method of treatment for diabetic patients, as any wounds on the feet can be potentially problematic due to circulation issues associated with diabetes.
You don't have to walk around in discomfort. Call our office to make an appointment with Dr. Vines, podiatrist in Ventura and Oxnard, CA, to have corns, bunions or any other foot abnormalities evaluated right away!