Considering Surgery For Corn Removal
Corns are annoying and not very pretty, but they’re nature’s way of protecting sensitive skin from too much rubbing or pressure.
Corns can become inflamed and painful. For someone who has poor circulation, a corn can become a serious problem. If you are elderly or diabetic, it’s best to see a doctor who can recommend treatment.
Corn removal surgery is not usually needed for corns but is done in some cases. When surgery is done, it is often done to correct the problem that is causing the corn to form.
- The simplest surgery can be done by a podiatrist. The podiatrist uses a scalpel blade to pare the corn down in order to reduce the size of the corn and reduce the pressure and pain.
- If the corn is caused by a foot or toe abnormality – like a hammer toe – then surgery would be performed to straighten the toe. If a piece of bone sticking out from a toe is causing the problem, part of the bone can be removed.
- Surgical Enucleation involves a doctor taking a tool called a biopsy punch, placing it over the corn, and turning it until the patient reports that they feel pain. The center of the corn that has been cut out with the biopsy punch, is then grabbed with forceps and pulled out.
Since surgery is a serious decision it is a decision to be made with your physician.
Corns can be caused by badly fitting shoes, seams in socks that rub against the skin, sweaty feet or even standing for long stretches of time. Wearing shoes and socks that fit well, keeping feet clean and dry and taking breaks throughout the day can help toward preventing corns.
If corns do develop, the simplest and most effective way to remove them is with CornStick®. CornStick® is safe, painless and easy to use. It contains the maximum amount of salicylic acid that can be found in an over-the-counter corn remover.
Just place CornStick® on the corn, cover it with a soft bandage and let it work. The salicylic acid softens the top layers of the corn so that it can be rubbed off. It’s good to know that you have options when it comes to corn removal.
Surgery or CornStick®? CornStick® is our first choice.
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