What is a corn?

A corn is focal area of dead or thickened skin containing a central nucleus or core. Corns are similar to callus in that they form due to excess pressure but they are deeper, more focal and more painful skin lesions. A corn under callus may appear as a small dot or lesion and it can feel similar to having a small stone stuck in your foot. Deep corns are very painful because they often push on nerve endings.

Do you suffer from painful corns?

Signs & symptoms of corns

The following signs or symptoms can indicate a corn on the foot:

  • A thick or rough area of skin with a central core located on the foot or toes
  • A hardened raised bump on the toes with a small focal centre or core
  • A small black dot under a thick yellow layer of skin
  • Corns are usually painful when pressed
  • Corns can feel like having a small stone in your foot
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Causes of corns

Corns are caused by focal and intense pressure. They are most common on bony areas of the feet like on top of toes, in between toes, or under the forefoot (metatarsal heads). Corns are commonly caused by poor fitting footwear but can also be the result of poor foot mechanics.

If corns are neglected the ongoing pressure can breakdown the lower layer of skin and lead to an ulcer, which may then lead to infection.

NB. Corns do not have a root and will return if the cause of the pressure is not addressed.

Corn diagnosis

Corns are easily diagnosed clinically by our Melbourne podiatrists, who are experts in identifying skin conditions of the foot without the need for further tests.

Podiatry treatment for corns

Treatment for corns is performed by our qualified podiatrists at our Melbourne clinic. It involves careful enucleation or excision of the corn with a scalpel. Corn removal is painless and gives immediate pain relief. This short delicate procedure should only be undertaken by a skilled and experienced podiatrist.

NB. You should only trust podiatrists using a scalpel on your feet.

Our podiatrists regularly perform corn removal at our Melbourne foot clinic as part of a general foot care treatment (medical pedicure). This involves nail cutting, removal of corns and callus, followed by application of a foot moisturising cream, making your feet feel like they’re walking on air. All instruments used are fully sterilised to Australian health standards.

For chronic painful corns our podiatrists can make silicone splints to reduce pressure and check your gait to see if orthotics are required. Orthotics can help improve foot function and can help redistribute pressure away from painful corns. Our podiatrists can also give you appropriate footwear advice to help prevent the development corns on the feet.

Call us Melbourne Podiatrist

Has a podiatrist checked your feet for corns?

At our Melbourne foot clinic our podiatrists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. This includes corn diagnosis and removal.

So if you are suffering from painful foot corns or require the care of a friendly general podiatrist, children’s podiatrist or sports podiatrist in Melbourne contact us today!