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.
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.