The average American will log 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach 50-years of age. Callused skin is common and will develop to protect the foot, thickening in response to pressure and friction. Over time, however, thickening skin may become more and more dense in concentrated areas, due to the excessive stress. Slowly, the pressure will cause the effected tissue to thicken and mature into a maliciously painful, cone-shaped corn.
Before pursuing surgical options, Dr. Nagler a Houston Podiatrist advises patients who suffer from corns to find relief from less-invasive, conventional therapies. For example, he recommends using a simple pumice stone to treat hyperkeratosis by gently removing layers of tissue with the stone after soaking feet in warm, soapy water. Medicated creams, cushioned pads, orthotic inserts and properly fitting footwear can also be helpful to relieve pressure and alleviate pain caused by corns. For permanent pain relief, however, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove the corn and address its root cause to prevent recurrence.
Don’t live with the discomfort and unyielding pain from corns. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sherman Nagler, board certified podiatrist and experienced Houston foot surgeon, to evaluate your treatment plan and surgical options. Get the relief you deserve for painful foot problems at the Nagler Foot Center.