Corns are hard growths on top of your toes that can make it impossible to wear shoes without pain. They can also be incredibly embarrassing. If you’re suffering from corns, calluses, or other uncomfortable growths on your feet, stop the suffering now by reaching out to the office of Bonnie Vader, DPM, PC, in East New York, Brooklyn, in New York. Dr. Vader offers both conservative and surgical solutions based on your needs, so schedule your appointment online or by phone today.

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What are corns?

Corns are hard skin lesions that usually appear on top of your toes, or occasionally on the sides of or in between your toes. When you press down on corns, they can be quite painful, and they’re an embarrassing problem that may prevent you from wearing any footwear that exposes your toes.

What is the difference between corns and calluses?

In general, corns are on top of your feet and calluses are on the soles of your feet (usually, on the balls or heels of your feet). Corns are usually much smaller than calluses, and they’re round while calluses can vary in shape. A corn has a hard center that tunnels deeper into your foot than a callus does.

Why do corns develop?

Corns typically develop because of friction, pressure, or both. For example, poorly fitted shoes often put continued pressure and friction on certain parts of your feet, including your toes. This triggers a protective response in which your skin grows tougher, thus creating the corn. Not wearing socks can also contribute to corns.

Corns can sometimes be related to other foot problems, like hammertoe. If you have diabetes, you’re at risk for many foot problems, including corns. Sometimes, a corn could actually turn into an open wound or ulcer, so prompt treatment is vital.

How are corns treated?

Dr. Vader offers both nonsurgical and surgical corn treatment at Bonnie Vader, DPM, PC. First, she performs a careful examination of the corns and your entire foot. She also evaluates your current shoes and watches the way you walk to determine whether your footwear or mechanical foot problems are an underlying cause of your corns. Dr. Vader may also use the X-ray machine on-site to check for problems below the skin.

After identifying the root of your corns, Dr. Vader adeptly addresses them through the use of topical removal products or alternative non-surgical methods. Typically, all corn treatments take place at the clinic, allowing you to resume your regular activities afterward.

Dr. Vader also recommends changes to help you avoid corns in the future, such as new footwear, protective padding, and careful foot care at home. Remember, trying to remove corns on your own at home is risky, and often ends with infection and even more serious problems. Dr. Vader can remove your corns safely and without discomfort.

Walk within pain and wear sandals without embarrassment again by booking your appointment at Bonnie Vader, DPM, PC, online or by phone now.