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What are Corns?

A corn typically occurs on the foot. It is made of skin that has thickened as a response to pressure. Though the skin build-up is the body's way of protecting itself, when it goes on too long, the resulting corn can become painful. You can minimise and even prevent this by using the FlipNFile. If the problem is serious enough to warrant medical attention, a podiatrist is the right professional to see about getting the corn removed. Corns are, in fact, one of the most common foot problems.

What they Look like

Corns look like a cone or horn shape, directed downward into the skin. They usually appear between the toes, in which case they are soft because of the moisture present in that area, or on the outer surface of the little toe, in which case they are hard. Using a FlipNFile in your shower can prevent them from becoming increasingly painful. They can cause discomfort ranging from mild to severe, even to the point that walking is difficult. If left unattended to, they can become infected, taking on a red, inflamed appearance and causing even more pain. A doctor or podiatrist is best equipped to diagnose whether your problem is indeed a corn.

Typical Causes

Corns can develop due to pressure. Some people are more susceptible than others. The pressure can come from shoes that are ill-fitting, from foot deformities such as hammer toes or from abnormalities of gait that put pressure on certain areas of the foot. If necessary, a podiatrist can refer you to an orthotist—a professional who works on splints and braces—who can adapt a shoe to decrease pressure.

Prevention and Solution

The best way to avoid corns: Wear shoes that fit correctly and comfortably. They definitely should not be too tight. Once corns have developed, a podiatrist can cut them out. But they'll come back unless the source of the pressure is addressed. Exercising proper foot hygiene by including a FlipNFile to your personal hygiene regime, will help to prevent or minimise corns before becoming a real problem. In extreme cases, using special pads and supports within the shoes and having bony prominences removed surgically can help to prevent further problems.


Various home remedies are available for corns. They dissolve or eat the corn away. The problem is, they can also eat the normal healthy skin. This can sometimes result in ulcers and infections. In extreme cases people with bad circulation or with diabetes could end up facing amputation. Cutting the corns off yourself can also be dangerous, because this method also carries a high risk of infection. Additionally, home removal without proper follow-up care with a podiatrist yields a high likelihood that the corns will return, because the underlying issues are not be addressed.



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