Corns are a painful area of thickened skin that develop after long standing callus and can be extremely painful to walk on. Corns are usually hard and circular, with a waxy or translucent centre. At the centre of a corn is often a very dense knot of skin called a core, which is located over the area of greatest friction or pressure. Some common causes of corns include ill-fitting footwear (tight), flat feet or bony prominences of the foot (bunions, hammer toe, arthritis).
The two main types of corns experienced are;
- Hard corn – appear on the top and sides of toes and the bottom of the foot.
- Soft corn – appear in between the toes (commonly occur in between the 4th and 5th toes).
At Sydney Foot Clinic we help by removing the corn, determining the cause of corn, providing padding, strapping and silicon wedges that try and prevent the corn from reoccurring. Orthotic therapy may be used to redistribute high areas of pressure and thus reducing the risk of a corn developing.