Legs and foot are the parts that bare almost all of the weight of the human body. It’s one of the most miraculous parts of human body withstanding tons of stress our body puts on it. Our foot is made of 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 50 muscles and over 2.5 lakhs sweat glands. Apart from bearing the body’s weight, it’s also a part where body’s problems are exposed. One of those problems is foot corn. Usually, foot corns are formed at the sole part of the foot. Because of this, detecting it at an early stage is quite difficult.
What are the symptoms?
When there is continuous stress in our foot, skin in the sole gets whitened and gets hard eventually. Due to this the outer layer of the skin starts to dry off and blisters start to appear. Sometimes this can lead to pus formation and bleed as well. It gives out unbearable pain while standing and walking. Commonly foot corn is found in the sole part of the foot. Foot corns are even found in leg fingers. Not taking proper care of the foot and not maintaining minimum hygiene while wearing footwear and shoes are the main reasons behind it.
What are the reasons?
Foot corns are mainly formed due to too much stress on the body and foot. Apart from this wearing small sized footwears that are no match, which gives undue stress to the foot can also lead to foot corn. Walking on barefoot can sometimes lead to minor cuts over the sole, also lead to skin getting thickened in this area. But most people do not take these cuts or bruises seriously.
Diabetes and Peripheral Vascular disease can also lead to foot corn. Allergies in the foot, increase in body heat or temperature, germs in unhygienic places also leads to foot corn.
What are the treatments?
- Cleaning your foot with soap.
- Using doctor prescribed ointment over the well-cleaned foot.
- Applying dekeratinization creams like moisturizers on foot. Keratin in these creams will help to remove dead cells.
- Some foot corn needs to be removed surgically.
Home remedies for foot corn and treating it yourself can be quite dangerous. Especially for patients with diabetes, this can sometimes lead to amputating foot itself. So it is always better and best practice to consult a Doctor.
Precautions for foot corn
- Keeping the foot clean and hygienic is essential. Washing it off with soap and drying it with a towel is necessary on a daily basis.
- Wearing footwears that suit the foot best is really necessary.
- Wearing small sized shoes that give undue stress over the foot and also wearing really big sized shoes that are too loose should be avoided.
- For those who are affected with foot corn, getting advice from Doctor before choosing a footwear is recommended.