Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Corns

Overview

Painful thick skins at the pressure points of the foot are known as corns. The corns may be circular in shape or even conical with a waxy, translucent appearance or dry. It is in a localized area, near the big toe, edge of the little toe or at the base of the arch.

 

Causes

External factors (outside the body) that can cause corns are ill fitting shoes and socks, manual labour, bunching of socks at the toes, activities that put pressure on the feet and not wearing shoes at all. Internal body factors may be a bony prominence, toe deformities or a faulty foot structure. An odd gait that could cause increased pressure on specific points of the foot may also result in corns.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptoms are thickening of the skin and the corns may be hard or soft. They are usually painful. In some cases, the corns may show signs of an infection such as pus, redness, swelling and inflammation in that specific affected area. If someone has diabetes or a poor circulation in the feet, they are at an increased risk for infection.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will do an examination of the feet and rule out other causes of thickened skin. The doctor may also suggest the patient to undergo some tests to detect any physical abnormality in the bones of the feet.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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