A Corn is an area of skin that hardens over time and forms a specially shaped area of dead, hard skin that feels either soft or hard and is generally located on the top of the foot or between toes.
Types of Corns
- Soft Corn: Normally develops in between the toes and on areas of the foot that tend to be moist.
- Hard Corn: Occur on bony areas of the foot.
- Seed Corns: These are identified by caving inward with a white dot in the center, it can feel like a splinter.
Most Common Causes of Corns
All corns are causes from regular pressure and friction or where the skin is very dry and develop as an effort to protect the foot.
- Wearing the wrong shoe size
- Excessively sweaty feet
- Standing for long periods of time
- Existing foot issues
For the most part, Corns are not severely painful but if they are left untreated, they can grow in size and create some discomfort. It is a fact, that women suffer with Corns more then men do. Women tend to wear high heels, flats and stuff their feet into the latest and greatest trendy shoe. It doesn’t matter what the discomfort level is, we will wear them and look cute! If you are experiencing Corns, the first step I would take is to go to a professional shoe shop and get correctly measured. Make sure the measure your foots arch and not just the length of your foot as well as your foots width.
Difference Between Corns & Calluses
Don’t confuse a Corn for a Callous although they may be referred to as the same thing they are very different. Calluses develop on the bottom of feet and corns on the top and between toes.
We all know how painful and annoying it can be to have foot problems so please take care of yours! It is very important to keep your skin hydrated, manicured and wear comfortable, properly sized shoes.