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Repetitive pressure on one particular spot can cause corns.


Corn or a callus is nothing but thickened skin which is formed due to sustained or repetitive pressure in certain areas of the skin. It is in fact the body’s natural and normal way to protect itself. When there is regular pressure on the skin over an area, the thickened skin protects the inner more delicate structures from injury. The problem starts when the skin gets thicker and eventually the stimulation becomes painful. The corn so gets the name because it appears cone shaped with the sharper end jutting into the skin which is the reason for the pain. Pain is the only reason why corns and callus are cause of concern and the second unimportant reason probably would be cosmetic if it appears on the palms. There are two types of corns: the hard corns are the ones which appear on the surfaces of the toes, on the edges etc, while the soft corns appear between the toes. A callus that appears on the soles or palms is a more broad area of skin and thickening.

Ill-fitting shoes are the main cause. When the shoes are too tight or have high heels there are areas of compression over the foot that tends to form corns. If they are too loose the foot slides and rubs against the inside of the shoes leading to the same effect. If the socks are not worn or do not fit properly, friction ensues. Using hand tools repeatedly either for gardening, or in the house would cause corns. Players who strum musical instruments are bound to have thickened skin on fingers while drummers would have callus on the feet due to their sitting posture.

Preventive steps

If one observes that there is a thickened area of the skin which is also raised and bumpy with tenderness and pain on touch very likely they are developing corns and would take some preventive steps like wearing shoes with plenty of room and using pads or bandages over tender areas that rub over the inner areas of the shoes. Wearing padded gloves when skin of the palms is affected is a good idea too.

If corns have already developed it would make sense to soak the affected areas in soapy water for a while which will make it easier to remove the thickened skin by rubbing with a pumice stone or a washcloth. Applying moisturiser over the skin would make it softer.

Homoeopathic medicine has good remedies like Antim crud when corns occur under the toes with inflammation. If there is a burning and a sensation of rawness with secondary infection impending in the corns, Petroleum is helpful. Pain of corns is relieved by Ranunculus bulb while and external application of Ac.salicylic is know to soften the corns and hasten the disappearance of the thickened skin.


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