When corns keep coming

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There’s a huge sense of relief when your corn has been treated — until you discover that you have another one. The doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston want to help you prevent and treat corns so you can confidently and comfortably get a pedicure, wear open-toe shoes, or get back into your favorite pair of shoes. Here are a few details that may help you cancel out corns.  

What’s causing your corns?

Friction is most likely the culprit. A corn forms when excess skin builds up on your toe. This happens as your feet respond to a lot more friction than usual, such as wearing shoes that don’t fit well. If you have a hammertoe, this also increases your risk.  

Are there different types of corns?

Corns can be hard or soft, and they can occur on top of or in between your toes. Soft corns, which usually form between your fourth and fifth toes, can be painful and are vulnerable to infection.  

How can I treat my corn?

We recommend that you work to reduce the pressure or friction to the area. You can add cotton or a cushion. Next, use an antibiotic cream to be proactive against and infection.

Do not use over-the-counter corn removers, which can increase your risk of damaging the skin and result in an infection. Be sure to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

How can I prevent a corn from forming?

When shoe shopping, remember that your feet need to breathe. To reduce friction, take the necessary steps to ensure your toes have wiggle room. This includes wearing the right size shoes and keeping your toenails trimmed. If you think you need an additional cushion, listen to your feet. 

If you are going back-and-forth with corns, let us help. We offer a board-certified team of podiatrists and surgeons, and we can help you reduce your risk for corns in the future. You can find us in the North Houston area at the following locations: Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call us at (281) 444-4114.