Corns

Below you will find more information about Corns from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Corns it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Corns and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Corns comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Corns are primarily characterized by the small and often very rough mounds of dead skin that usually forms between and on the toes. These are usually hard, firm and have a waxy core that bores down into the skin of the toes and pressing into the underlying nerves and tissues, causing extreme pain.

Diagnosis

A physical examination, particularly the feet of the patient is the best form of diagnosis, especially to rule out other skin problems such as cysts and warts. If corns is a recurrent condition, an x-ray may be conducted to check if there are any physical abnormality that causes the growth of warts.

Treatment

In the case of persistent and sever corns, the doctor may advise surgery, although such cases are quite rarely. It is important to remember that people with diabetes should never attempt to cure corn by themselves since they are at greater risk of contracting infection. There are a number of over-the-counter medications to treat corn such as VIranol and Salactic Film.

Symptoms and Signs

Corns are usually regular in shape and often white, yellow or gray in color. The growths are often seen on the fifth or fourth toe, as these digits are the main points of pressure in the feet.

Causes

The primary cause of corn is mainly due to the great friction or pressure on the toes. This usually happens when wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels. As the skin acts as the body's natural armor, the corns are actually the body's attempt to protect the skin.

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