Corns Are a Sign of Firmness Under Pressure
People who stand up to adversity and maintain a strong character are viewed as the heroes and heroines of the world. These men and women take what is dished out to them in stride and don’t let it get them down. What we often don’t see is the pain underneath, the fact that their firmness may hide vulnerability, may be a shield built up to keep them from being hurt. Mental toughness is one thing, but our bodies also function in this way—forming calluses and corns to protect tender tissues from damage.
Building the Shield
Feet are subject to a lot of pressure. There’s the weight of our bodies, first of all. They must bear that load whenever we move from place to place or stand for long periods of time. If we run or jump, that pressure is amplified many times with each step. Then there is the footwear we stuff them into—sometimes with little care for what may be its negative effects. Shoes that are too tight result in pressure when they rub against the skin on our feet.
How do the feet protect themselves? They do so by adding layers of skin at the pressure points. Corns often form under the ball of the foot, on the side of the small toes, or on the top of hammer or claw toes. These usually become hard, and if the pressure is not relieved, they can cause pain when they are pressed. Soft, white versions can also form between the fourth and fifth toes.
What Puts You at Risk for Corns?
One of the main factors is an abnormality in the structure of your foot or the way you walk. Any condition that moves your bones out of position can alter the pressure on them—bunions, for example, or ankles rolling inward because of flat arches. Shoe choice is another factor; if shoes don’t leave enough room for your feet or support them properly, friction and pressure are almost guaranteed. Your activities can also affect your chances of developing a corn: gardeners who constantly pound a shovel into the ground with their feet, for instance, or athletes who run or jump and put stress on their feet.
What to Do If You Have a Corn
Whatever you do, don’t try to cut it. You can try an over-the-counter product containing salicylic acid. Apply it carefully according to directions, and it may slowly destroy the dead skin, allowing it to be gently scraped away. Don’t use these if you have diabetes, however, because serious injury and infection could result.
If you have a painful corn, it is best to consult Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York for treatment. We are experts at removing corns and treating any infections that may have developed. With over 100 years of foot care experience, we use the latest technology to diagnose your particular problem and find the right remedy for it. Choose a location near you, and call for an appointment: Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, Plainview at (516) 822-9595, or Flushing at (718) 969-2266. You can also request an appointment on our website.