Corns involve hardening or thickening of the skin when exposed to pressure or friction often caused by tight-fitting shoes. Corns are a common foot problem that not only makes one’s feet look unattractive but can cause serious pain and discomfort. Corns occur at pressure points that are generally found on the top or between the toes. If you have poor circulation or diabetes, a corn can easily turn deadly.
At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we believe in being proactive when it comes to your foot health. We often find that patients suffer from corns over extensive periods simply because they do not understand the condition and the preventive measures needed to address foot corns.
Here are some key preventive measures to keep your feet corn-free.
• Correct Footwear: By far the best way to prevent corns is to wear proper footwear. Have your foot measured by a professional before you go make a shoe purchase. You should avoid shoes that have narrow toe boxes to avoid overlapping or cluttering of the toes. Wear shoes that fit well and have proper protection and cushioning. Proper cushioning can help relieve pressure on the affected areas. Also wear the correct footwear for any activity. Avoid wearing ultra-high heels.
• Fitted Socks: Another step that one should take is to wear proper socks which can help reduce friction on your feet. Fitted shoes and sandals with socks can help prevent friction on your feet. Socks that do not fit properly can be a problem.
The best way to address foot and ankle problems is to see a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care in a timely fashion.
Whether you are suffering from an infected or painful corn, consulting a podiatrist should be your first step. Contact our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco by calling (609) 927-4894. Dr. DeMarco and his highly trained staff can help you with all your foot and ankle problems.