Corns develop over high-pressure areas of the feet. They are directly caused by excessive pressure and friction on a focal point. If left untreated, it is easy for them to become deeply embedded and painful, often with a scarred base.
Successful Patient Outcomes
The in-clinic debridement of the corn may be carried out within a 30-minute appointment. For deeper or more chronic corns, a corn excision procedure may be performed under local anaesthesia.
Podiatric corn removals are minimally invasive with little downtime and ensure that the problematic corn is removed immediately.
To ensure a high success rate and low chance of recurrence, the underlying cause of the corn must be addressed. In around 95% of cases, corns are caused by excessive pressure on the feet, which can be offloaded via the use of orthotic devices.
What happens if I don’t treat my corns?
If corns are left untreated, they can result in underlying scarring and increased pain in the area leading to an altered gait pattern, or in some cases, infection.
What can go wrong with corns?
Patients often try to treat corns on their own at home using acid-based products or small blades to cut out the protrusion. Unfortunately, these home treatments can cause wounds to develop, introducing infection to the lesion. If left untreated, the infection can extend to the bone or lead to further scarring of the lesion.
Are home treatments are recommended?
Gentle home treatments are generally recommended for maintenance once the corns have been removed by an experienced podiatrist. Examples of home treatment include the use of a highly moisturising emollient on the feet daily and gentle exfoliation with a file once every few weeks.