Corns are a frequent condition of the foot which can be painful and difficult to manage. Corns and callus are due to an excessive amount of pressure on an area of skin. They are part of a natural mechanism that has gone awry. If there is excessive pressure on the skin, that area of skin will thicken up to protect itself. If the pressure carries on over a longer period of time, it might be so thick that it is painful. This can be the same as the mechanism that happens when, by way of example, cutting up wood. Doing this, you ultimately make a callus on your hand. The same principle takes place on the foot with pressure from the ground or pressure on a toe from footwear. When you halt cutting wood, the thicker skin on the hands disappear. The challenge in the foot is that you keep wearing footwear and you keep walking, so the pressure continues and the thicker skin forms into a corn and will become painful.
Getting rid of corns is pretty easy and a skilful podiatrist could easily take them off. That's the simple bit. The difficult bit is preventing them returning. It can be one thing to take them off, however if you don't get rid of that cause (the greater pressures on the region), chances are they will just return eventually. Corns do not have roots which they re-grow from. They return as the cause is still there. Removing a corn is similar to managing the symptom. They are going to return unless the reason is removed. That's where the ability of a podiatrist is needed to identify the proper cause. A complete assessment is necessary of the biomechanics, shoes, foot structure and lifestyle to work out just what it is that is bringing about the higher pressure. When that reason has been identified, then different interventions can be used to get rid of that pressure. This may vary from simple footwear advice to foot orthotic to surgical treatment.