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Introduction to Corns

A corn is a localized thickening of the skin due to pressure. Corns often occur on the top of the toes where there is pressure from the shoes. However, they also occur at the sole of the foot and in between toes. Certain corns may become entwined with the nerves of the skin, these corns are particularly painful. Often corns develop a core which is often referred to as the "root" by patients.

Understanding this condition

Corns can be very painful, especially if there is inflammation and swelling around the corn. This condition is more prevalent in females as a result of wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes. Corns appear as white/ grey or yellow/ brown in colour, dependant on your skin type. Symptoms include pain and swelling around the corn and discomfort with direct pressure.



Causes of Corns

  • Tight shoes
  • Deformed toes (Hammer toes)
  • Seam or stitch inside the shoe which rubs against the toe
  • Abnormality of gait (walking)
  • Surgery to the lower extremities
  • Bunions

Treatment for Corns

  • Avoid tight shoes and hosiery/li>
  • Use a pumice stone to reduce the thickness of the corn/li>
  • Use silicone pads or insoles such as the Dr Foot Gel Plus Insoles which has padding to alleviate pain and an arch support which will prevent any future occurrence of a corn. View the insoles Here
  • Use a foot cream, such as Flexitol Heel Balm twice daily. Flexitol Heel Balm is primarily used for cracked skin on the heels, however patients have reported a 90% improvement to their corns with this cream. Foot corn removal and foot corn surgery can also be effective.
  • Do not use corn plasters as they can lead to destruction of healthy skin. Corn plasters should never be used by diabetics or by patients suffering from poor circulation as it may lead to ulcers. Click below to view an infection caused by a over the counter corn plaster, warning its not for the faint hearted!
  • View photograph of infected corn

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"I love the Imperial Corns and Callus Solution, I have pain suffering from corns for many years and the over the counter medication just burnt my skin and left it feeling raw. The product gently removed the corn along with my trusted pumice stone, its not a over night cure but I can highly recommend it as its very easy to use and it works! Thanks

Miss Fraser, UK