How to Avoid Getting Corns

Avoid Getting Corns
Avoid Getting Corns

How to Avoid Getting Corns. Corns can be either soft or hard, depending on their location on the foot. Hard corns are pea-sized and appear over bony prominences. Soft corns develop between toes. It's much easier to prevent corns than try to treat them once they've cropped up.

Things You'll Need

  • Callus/corn Treatments
  • Cushioned Shoe Insoles
  • Foot Buffers
  • Foot Lotions
  • Foot Powders
  • Pedicure Kits

Wear shoes made of soft materials, especially leather. The agility of the material helps reduce toe pressure and friction.

Choose shoes with extra cushioning in the heel and ball. This keeps your foot in a natural position.

Pick shoes that have wide rounded toes, and plenty of room for toes to move around in. This reduces pressure between toes.

Avoid any shoe with a heel higher than 2 1/4 inches.

Be sure your shoe has a smooth lining. Seams can rub and cause pressure to toes.

Throw away all shoes that don't look like the human foot. Narrow-toed shoes predispose you to corns, bunions, foot pain and arch problems, because your foot is held in such an unnatural position.

Dry thoroughly between your toes, and wear cotton socks. Chronic moisture causes skin to breakdown. When socks feel damp, change into a fresh pair.

Go barefoot at home, whenever possible. Mother Nature meant our toes to be splayed out naturally able to wiggle freely.

Ask your podiatrist about functional orthotics (inserts and wedges that can be fitted inside your shoe to change your foot mechanics) for chronic corn problems. Properly prescribed orthotics can decrease the shear and friction between your toes and your shoe.

Consider surgical correction of an underlying foot deformity if you have chronic corns. For example, having a hammertoe straightened surgically can relieve pressure to the toe and stop corns from forming.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lousy shoes don't cause corns, but they do predispose their wearer to developing them. Arthritis, bunions, trauma and heredity create structural changes in the foot bone, and ill-fitting shoes take advantage of these structural changes, causing corns to form. Only buy pairs that really fit.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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