Corn

What is it?

A corn is caused by the buildup of hard, dead skin over an area of pressure or bony prominence. The hard skin is produced by special skin cells called keratinocytes, which are present throughout the entire epidermal layer of skin.

Corns are the body's attempt at protecting itself from friction or pressure, but unfortunately, the extra skin becomes a painful problem in many cases. They are often cone-like and most commonly found on toe joints.

Do I have it?

You may have a corn if you have a small, round area of thickened skin over a toe joint.

What causes it?

Corns on the feet are often caused by friction and pressure from footwear as well as abnormal patterns of walking or repetitive activities (such as in sports).

How can I help prevent it?

  • Wear properly fitted shoes with adequate arch support
  • Rotate your shoe type on a daily basis
  • Take pressure off your corn and it may go away
Not medical advice, see a doctor if problems persist.

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