Corn plasters which contain salicylic acid to remove skin have traditionally been used as a temporary solution, along with a visit to the podiatrist for corn removal. New research however, shows that the salicylic acid found in plasters is highly a great solution to tackle those pesky foot woes.
“A corn is hard skin which occurs mainly as a response to excessive pressure, usually over a bony prominence,” explains podiatrist Lorraine Jones, spokesman for the Royal College of Podiatry. Jones adds that corns are much more common in women due to the narrower style of shoes they prefer and wear. “'This may be on the bottom of the foot - and is not uncommon in those who wear heels,” Jones says
Corns of the feet can be embarrassing and painful if wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes. Luckily corns can be treated and be taken care of with the assistance of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will find a solution and mitigate pain for all your foot and ankle needs.
Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:
- Wearing well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support
Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specified area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a fair majority of corns. It is recommended that people with diabetes should not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.
Preventing the Return of Corns
Orthotic shoes can also be an option because they are fitted by a podiatrist and help to prevent the return of corns. They lower friction and lower chances of getting corns, as well as reducing pain overall. Surgery is often never needed, but it is possible in very rare circumstances and in events where the normal treatments do not work.
After receiving treatment, it is important to maintain your foot health and consider your doctor’s recommendations when it comes to long term care and treatment for your feet.