Description: Corns are areas of hard, dead skin which form on toes as a response to abnormal shoe pressure. Corns can become inflammed and painful, if the shoe pressure continues. But a corns is just a symptom of some underlying toe pathology, such as:
1. Hammertoes: Toes which are bent so that the part closest to the foot is directed upwards, while the remainder of the toe is bent down, so that you walk on the tip of the toe. Corns may form on the top of the toe where the shoe rubs against it. Or they can form on the tip of the toe, because you do not apply weight to the entire toe when walking, but just to the tip. Click here to learn more about hammertoes.
2. Bone Spurs: A benign bone mass (extra bone) usually occurring between the toes. The bone spur places increased pressure on the overlying skin of the toe and the adjacent toe. The resulting pressure causes a build-up of hard, dead skin (a corn), which becomes painful when shoes are worn as the toes rub against one another.
In both cases, the painful corn must be protected from shoe pressure for the pain to subside. Buying shoes with a wide and deep toe box (the part of the shoe where the toes sit) may give some relief. The following remedies are prescribed by podiatrists to relieve shoe pressure, toe pressure, and pain in these toes; or to help the toe lie straight, thus alleviating pain and preventing the corn from becoming worse:
Relief from corns due to hammertoes:
- Single and Double Hammertoe Splints extend the hammertoe and allow it to lie straight; thus, pain is alleviated in the top and tip of the toe.
- Removable, long lasting Crest Pads straighten the toes and prevent them from rubbing against the tops of your shoes, relieving your pain.
- Removable, comfortable, and long lasting Gel Toe Pads.
- Exercise by stretching the toe straight for 10 seconds, and repeat for 3 to 5 minutes daily.
- Wear longer shoes.
- Wear flat shoes. (Do not wear shoes with a heel higher than 3/4 inch.)
- Gentle massage with a cool linament will help to relieve your pain.
- If you ever experience open wounds, intense redness, or extreme pain see a podiatrist immediately.
Relief from corns due to bone spurs:
- Adhesive foam corn pads. Use to protect painful and irritated areas on toes. Made with medical grade foam.
- Removable, long lasting Silopad Digital Caps. Slips over entire toe to ease discomfort from hammertoes and ingrown toe nails. Cushions sore deformed toes and relieves pain
- Gel toe separators and spreaders comfortably prevent toes from rubbing against each other, thus eliminating friction and pain.
- Foam toe sleeves will shield your toes from pressure and friction.
- Wear shoes with a wider toe-box.
- Wear flat shoes.
- Do not wear socks or stockings that are tight.
- If you ever experience open sores, extreme redness, or extreme pain, see a podiatrist immediately.