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How To Treat Soft Corns

How To Treat Soft Corns

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Hello I'm Charles Goldman, a qualified Chiropodist/Podiatrist. I run “The Foot Pad” chiropody and physical therapy clinic in Holborn, Central London. Today I'm going to talk to you about various foot problems and their treatment.

Hello! We are now going to discuss the treatment of soft corns. Soft corns generally occur between the toes, normally between the 4th and 5th toe. Often with maceration or softening of the skin, even though it's called a corn the way to treat this unfortunately is to seek professional advice because they have to be removed by a scalpel and I wouldn't attempt to do this myself at home.

When you go to see a chiropodist or podiatrist they will remove the corn using a scalpel and keep it clean and then advice you on how to stop the corn from reoccurring. This is normally from pressure between the two toes where the joints are rubbing together. It's a soft corn rather than a hard corn because it's generally moist between the toes and this keeps the tissues soft.

Sometimes they can get infected so it is worth seeking treatment from a professional. The difference between a soft corn and a hard corn is that a hard corn has a nucleus where the soft corn doesn't it normally consists of a ring of hardened skin, with a macerated central area where the skin is generally very thin. After removing the outer ring with a scalpel the therapist would put a medicament on the lesion to harden it up.

Often an astringent to close the pores to reduce the sweating in the area and sometimes they use Benzoin compound which hardens up the skin. I would also recommend the use of a toe separator preferably gel to stop the two toes rubbing together to stop the reoccurrence of this. If it persists, and it is definitely worth seeking professional advice.

And this is how I would treat a soft corn.