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How Corns Form from Wearing Ill-Fitting Shoes

Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Corns, those pesky patches of thickened skin, often find their origins in the shoes we choose to wear. When footwear lacks proper fit or causes excessive friction and pressure on specific areas of the feet, corns can emerge as the body's response to this repetitive irritation. Wearing ill-fitting shoes, particularly those that squeeze the toes or feature high heels, can lead to the formation of corns as the skin attempts to protect itself from the persistent rubbing and pressure. These hardened areas of skin, often found on the toes or sides of the feet, can become painful over time. Choosing shoes with adequate space for toes, proper arch support, and a comfortable fit is essential in preventing corns. By understanding the relationship between shoe selection and corn formation, individuals can prioritize both style and foot health, ensuring a comfortable and corn-free walking experience. If you have developed a corn, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition, and offer you preventive methods for the future.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Corinne R. Kauderer, DPM of Dyker Heights Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brooklyn, NY and Old Bridge, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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