What Causes Corns?

Do you have a painful corn on your foot? Find out what causes them so you can prevent them in the future.

While a corn is rarely a serious issue (unless you have a diabetes or circulation issues, that is), it can still be annoying to discover that cornsyou have a corn on your foot. This thick patch of dead skin is often found on the tops and sides of your feet. If you are dealing with a corn, our Alexandria, VA podiatrist, Dr. Angelo Pace, is here to tell you what can cause them and how they can be prevented in the future.

There are many factors that can predispose you to developing corns on your feet. While corns can affect anyone, they are often most common in those over the age of 65. Other causes include:

  • Poor or tightly fitted footwear that causes friction
  • Hammertoes or bunions
  • Foot abnormalities
  • Certain occupations (e.g. farmers)

How do I know if I have a corn?

If you notice a hard, thick patch of skin that may seem round in appearance, you could be dealing with a corn. If you notice that it is dry and flaky or even painful when walking, these are also signs of a corn.

If you have a corn and you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important that you seek treatment from our Alexandria foot doctor right away. Those with diabetes or nerve damage are more likely to suffer from foot complications from even the smallest issues.

How can I prevent a corn from developing?

One of the best ways to prevent a corn is to wear the appropriate shoes. You need to look for shoes that provide enough cushioning in the soles. The ideal shoe should also fit properly and not rub or press against the sides of your feet. You should also wear shoes that have a wide toe box so that your toes have room to move around and aren’t bunched up.

If you must wear high heels or dress shoes, try to limit how long you wear them. Opt for comfortable shoes while commuting to work and then swap them out for your dress shoes when you get to the office. Also, wear cushioning, pads or inserts to take pressure off certain areas of the foot while wearing shoes.

If a corn has already started to form, try applying a softening cream twice a day. Those with healthy feet may also try gently pumicing the corn away.

If you have questions about how to care for your corn or if you need to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, call Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA to get the care you deserve.