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How to remove a corn from your foot? [Corn removal surgery near me]

Do you have a painful corn on the bottom of the foot? We review how to remove a corn from your foot & cosmetic corn removal surgery!

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A podiatrist can help with corn removal from the bottom of the foot. These are usually safer, minimally invasive options that allow for long lasting pain relief. Come see us in Michigan for a no obligation consultation!

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See us at Prime Foot & Ankle Specialists for evaluation of your corn pain!

We specialist in minimally invasive foot surgery in the office for correction of your corns and foot problems!

We offer no-obligation consultations for corn treatment and corn removal surgery. This included minimally invasive bunion and hammertoe surgery for your feet!

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Yes a podiatrist can help remove a corn. We offer a variety of treatment options besides corn removal surgery. There are trimming, evaluation of the deformity, same day orthotics modifications, addressing biomechanical causes and shoe modifications!

What are Corns?

An annoying localized skin condition forms a small bump of stiff and thickened round skin with a central core and noticeable edges on or between the toes. They have a dry, waxy, or translucent appearance. 

In medical terms, this thickened skin area is called ‘hyperkeratosis’ while corns are called ‘helomas’ or ‘clavi.’ 

How do Corns develop?

In response to the Pressure and friction experienced by the skin, the outermost layer thickens and hardens over time to protect the tissues underneath from the damage as the friction and Pressure continue. 

Corns can affect any age but are most common among the elderly and female gender. 

Corns can develop on any part of the body but mostly occur on the foot and hands.

What are the types of Corns?

Corns are bumps of small and round thickened skin mostly on the toes or between them. The types of corns are:

  • Hard corns:  
    • Hard corns are the most common corns and are called ‘Heloma durum’ in medical terms. 
    • A small area of thickened skin with a hard and dense center, mostly on the toes. 
    • It usually forms on dry areas where bone lies against the skin and is found on the top of the smaller toe or outer joints of other toes. 
    • Soft corns: It is also called ‘Heloma molle’ in medical terms. 
    • An area of thickened skin, whitish/grey with a soft, rubbery, and pliable texture. 
    • Soft corns appear mostly between the toes where the skin is moist and are formed by absorption of moisture from sweating, forming a soft and mashed appearance.
    • Mostly formed on big and 4th toe. 
    • It is softer and can get infected if it remains untreated. 
  • Seed corns: 
    • Small areas of thickened skin formed on the bottom of feet
    • As the corns thicken, they can press deep into the underlying layers of skin, causing pain.

What are the common sites of Corn formation?

Corns usually are found on the weight-bearing areas of the body, such as:

  • On the bottom of feet
  • On the outside of the little toe
  • Between the big toe and adjacent toe(4th)
  • On hands and fingers

What are the signs and symptoms of Corns?

Corns formation may accompany the following signs and symptoms:

· Thickened and hardened skin due to repeated friction

· Small, a round bump of hard skin

· Rough area of skin

· Raised and hard skin patch

· Dry, flaky or waxy skin appearance

· Pain over the affected area

· Infection if soft corn remains untreated (Pain, Swelling, Redness, Blisters or Pus)

Are Corns painful?

  • They are usually painless when they first develop, but corns may press deep into the underlying tissue(nerves) as the skin thickens. So they become tender/sensitive to touch or pressure.
  •  If a corn becomes infected, it becomes painful. 

How to differentiate between a corn and callus?


Small,   Narrow,  Obvious edges,   Results from Pressure on the feet,   Maybe very painful.


Large, Wide, Unclear edges, Results from Pressure during a walk, Usually not as painful as calluses (unless there is a corn within the callus).

Who is at more risk of getting Corns?

People more prone to Corn formation include:

  • Wearing Poor-fitting shoes 
  • Shoes without socks
  • Previously existing foot conditions like arthritis, bunions(abnormal bony bump on joint at the base of the big toe), hammertoes( a deformity in which toe curls like a claw), bone spurs, etc., change the normal bone alignment of the foot. 
  • People who roll feet inwards or outwards(flat feet or high arches)
  • Already developed corns or calluses
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Using musical instruments(which involve the use of fingers) frequently 
  • Using hand tools without wearing gloves or protection, such as in farmers, gardeners, etc.  
  • People who spend a lot of time standing

What are the causes of Corns?

Repetitive pressure and friction cause the skin to thicken as a defensive mechanism to protect the deeper tissues, forming corns. Causes of friction and Pressure are:

  • Poor-fitting shoes

The most common cause of corns on the top of toes/hard corns is ill-fitting shoes. Too tight shoes that crowd the toes or areas of shoes rubbing against skin cause friction and pressure on the skin of feet, forming thickened areas called corns. 


  • Skipping socks:

Wearing shoes without socks also increases the friction experienced by toes causing skin thickening. 

Improperly fitting socks( too tight or too loose) can also be a source of friction and Pressure.

  • Activity

      • Standing, walking, or running for longer periods causes friction on the skin of toes and skin thickens over time, forming corns.
      • Sports, physical hobbies, and occupations that put Pressure on feet also cause corn formation. 
      • Walking barefoot sometimes causes the formation of seed corns
      • Poor posture, walking too heavily on the inner or outer edge of the foot also leads to corn formation over time. 


  • Structural foot deformities:

Previously existing foot conditions that alter the foot biomechanics and cause bony mal-alignment such as:

      • congenital foot deformities
      • arthritis
      • bunions
      • hammertoes
      • foot spurs etc 

How are Corns diagnosed? 

To diagnose corn, the doctor may ask:


  • When did the bump first appear on the skin?
  • Is the growth slow or rapid?
  • Does it hurt?
  • Does it disturb your daily activities or work?
  • In your opinion, are there any causative factors?
  • What is your occupation? 
  • Which activities do you perform daily and their frequency?
  • How do you take care of your feet?
  • The doctor will also ask you about your foot-wears. 


    • A doctor or a podiatrist can diagnose corn by a simple visual examination of the affected area and the adjacent skin because the diagnosis of corns is entirely clinical. 

The doctor may ask you to walk to check your gait (the way you walk) 

    • and posture


    • Diagnosis of corns is entirely clinical, and no lab tests are required. 
    • An x-ray may be ordered if there’s an associated foot abnormality. 

How are Corns treated?

Corns won’t disappear overnight, but the regular treatment takes a few weeks to show good results and may require months to disappear completely. 

How to Remove Corns from the foot home treatment: 

Removal of corn requires the removal of the buildup of dead and hard skin. Following steps can be performed at home:

Avoidance of causative factors:

The first and the foremost step is to avoid the possible factors that are causing irritation or Pressure on the skin of feet. 


Foot soaks

Soak your feet or the affected area in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes till the skin softens. Once the skin becomes soft, exfoliate it with a clean and wet pumice stone, brush, emery boards or scrub. Gently move the pumice stone in a circular motion to remove the dead skin. Don’t exfoliate too much as it can cause skin damage, micro-abrasion, bleeding, or infection. 

Gentle filing of the dead skin after foot soak can also remove dead and hard skin layers. 

After exfoliation, clean your feet with mild soap and dry them thoroughly. Apply a moisturizing cream or lotion.


Keratolytic agents:

They dissolve the protein/ keratin that makes up the thick and dead skin and helps in softening the skin over time. These agents include:

      • Urea
      • Salicylic acid
      • Ammonium lactate

Salicylic acid is available as:

  • Applicators
  • Drops
  • Pads
  • Plasters.

Avoid using salicylic acid if you have diabetes, poor blood circulation, or fragile skin. The application of salicylic acid can lead to delayed wound healing, open sores, and ulcer formation. 

Adhesive pads:

Covering or wrapping the corn before wearing shoes prevents the painful rubbing and Pressure over the corn and heal. 

  • Protect corns by wearing adhesive pads that fit around the corn. There are many corn pad options e.g. 
    • toe sleeves made up of gel material
    • Corn corn cushions in a donut shape are placed around the corn like the donut’s center to avoid contact with the external surface, thus reducing a potential source of pressure and friction. 



Lotions and moisturizing creams are also a smart way to soften the corn by nourishing and moisture because corns are dried build-up mass of dead skin. Apply a fragrance-free and hypoallergenic moisturizer regularly to get rid of corns. 

You can use Vitamin E oil because it softens and moisturizes the skin, and its anti-oxidant property aids in healing. 

At night, rub Vitamin E oil capsule on the area of corn formation and slip on socks, wash off in the morning. Repeat every night until the corn disappears. 


Well-fitting Shoes:

Wear shoes of proper size and shape, preferably with increased width and height over the toes. If you are developing corns regularly, wear comfortable and supportive shoes. 


Shoe Padding:

 If you choose not to have trouble removing a corn, you may find relief in padding the area with soft inserts.


If corns are painful, apply ice packs for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce the swelling and pain. 

Avoid Shaving:

Don’t attempt to shave or cut the corn at home with a sharp object as it can cause surrounding tissue infection. 

What are Keratolytic agents, and how do they work?

These agents break down the build-up of dead skin/keratin and soften the skin, making it much easier to scrape away the dead layers of skin. 

They are present in many exfoliating scrubs, lotions, ointments, and pads applied directly to corns. These include:

  • Urea
  • Salicylic acid
  • Ammonium lactate
  • Silver nitrate
  • Hydrocolloid

These allow the patient to feel less pain and decrease the size of corn as well. 


People with:

  • Fragile/Sensitive skin
  • Poor circulation 
  • Diabetes
  • Delayed wound healing

should avoid using these products on their own and talk to a doctor before applying them. 

Side effects:

People may experience:

  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Open sores and ulcers( if wound healing is delayed due to associated medical conditions like diabetes, peripheral artery disease, sensitive skin, etc.)

When to seek podiatrist corn removal help?

If you are suffering from:

  • Painful corn
  • Signs of infection such as Pain, Swelling, Redness, Pus
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral artery disease/Poor blood circulation 
  • Prone to infections/ Weakened immune system
  • Fragile skin
  • Any other issue with your feet alongside corn, such as mal-alignment of bone
  • If not responding to home treatments and the condition is worsening with time

then you should consult a health care professional as soon as corns develop and avoid treating corns at home as they can form open sores or become complicated. 

Whom to see?

If the corn isn’t improving with home treatments or you have associated feet or systemic medical conditions, avoid treating corn at home and immediately seek the help of a healthcare professional. 

You can seek the help of a podiatrist, Medical specialist, Surgeons, or a dermatologist. But Podiatrists are specifically and uniquely qualified among all the healthcare professionals in treating conditions involving feet. 

See us for a no-obligation corn removal surgery in southeast Michigan!

Podiatrist corn removal treatment:

  • Corn removal medications: 

The doctor may prescribe topical medications to remove corn, such as over-the-counter Salicylic acid pads or gels, and guide the duration and frequency of each application.


  • Adhesive pads:

The doctor may advise adhesive pads to ease the pain and Pressure by preventing the corn from contacting your shoes. 

    • Donut-shaped adhesive pads: Margins of donut pads surround the corn like a circle with corn in the center of the donut. 


  • Shoe-inserts:

If you also have an underlying foot condition/deformity, a doctor or podiatrist may prescribe orthotics which are custom-made padded shoe inserts to prevent the recurrence of corns or may recommend a toe splint to keep your toes from rubbing against each other. Orthotic devices help redistribute body weight on feet while walking so that Pressure is reduced. 


  • Footwear:

A podiatrist may also advise properly sized footwear to prevent future corn formation.


  • Lifestyle:

The doctor may advise changing lifestyles such as avoiding intense physical activities, prolonged standing, poor posture, avoiding walking barefoot on the ground, etc., to prevent corn recurrence. 


  • Antibiotics:

If there are signs of infection, the doctor may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics depending upon the severity of the infection. 


Podiatrist Cosmetic Foot Surgery Corn Removal Treatment:

 If corn is not responding to salicylic acid, medical treatment, or pressing the nerves causing pain, the doctor may recommend surgical treatment. 

  • Correction of underlying foot deformity:

If there is any structural toe or foot deformity that is causing undue Pressure and friction leading to corn formation, surgery can be done to correct the underlying deformity and realignment of bone to prevent the corn formation. 

  • Scraping the dead skin:

The doctor may scrape/ trim the dead skin away by a scalpel. The area is first numbed by a local anesthetic, dead skin is scraped away, and a bandage with an ointment is applied with or without a patch to the shaved area. After surgical removal of corn, pressure caused to form will cause reformation, so lifestyle modifications are also necessary. 

  • Laser Corn removal:

It is the most effective method to remove deep corns, and it is gentle and quick compared to surgery. Most commonly, a CO2 laser is used to carry out the procedure. 

Corn removal surgery cost near me:

Generally, corn removal surgery cost near me is covered by insurance.

Corns are generally associated with foot deformities and would benefit from a surgical correction in the right situation.

We do also offer cash options for those without surgery.

See us for a no-obligation consultation for corn removal surgery near me!

Foot doctor for corn removal near me:

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This can sometimes be performed without incisions and stitches in the office.

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How to prevent Corn formation?


  • Footwears:
    • Wear footwear that is comfortable and supportive with proper size and shape. 
    • They must have shock-absorbing soles and be well-cushioned. 
    • Shoes must have a wide toe area to prevent crowding and rub against each other or the shoe. 
    • Buy foot-wears at the end of the day, as feet are swollen, and this will enable you to select properly sized shoes. 
    • Use custom-made cushions or shoe inserts to redistribute the weight-bearing forces on the bottom of the feet to prevent Pressure and friction.
    • Use Pads or cushions on the potentially affected area to redistribute the mechanical Pressure around corn instead of over it.
    • Avoid high heels because it pushes the toenails together
    • Avoid hard-soled or leather-soled shoes without any cushioning effect. 
    • Never skip socks while wearing shoes.
    • Always wear properly fitting socks made of soft and natural fabric such as cotton, wool, etc. 
  • Foot hygiene:
    • Wash, exfoliate, and moisturize feet regularly
    • Moisturize your feet with a hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free moisturizer regularly to avoid skin dryness
    • Keep toenails trimmed. Cut straight across without curving the edges. Because long toenails push the skin against the shoes, increasing friction and Pressure, thus causing corn formation over time
    • Avoid walking barefoot on the ground. 
    • Inspect your feet daily for any changes in the skin appearance, movement and flexibility, especially if you have diabetes, are prone to infections, poor circulation, or any other medical condition.

What is the prognosis of Corns?

Corn is a benign skin condition of the foot. Most corns can be treated easily at home, but if there are associated medical or foot conditions, professional help is required, and surgery is rarely needed. 

Corns are formed due to pressure and friction, which compels the skin to thicken and harden over time to protect the underlying tissues; if treated once without removing the source of pressure and friction, corns can recur. 

What are the complications of Corns?

Untreated or recurring corns can develop the following complications:

  • Increase in size with time if remains untreated.
  • Pain, discomfort, and difficulty in walking and carrying out daily life activities
  • Soft corns grow in moist areas, usually between the big toe and adjacent toe, and if they remain untreated for a prolonged time, they may become infected.
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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the corn removal surgery recovery time?

In most cases, the corn removal surgery recovery time can allow for same-day walking. Depending on how aggressively the corn needs to be removed, the foot corn or the toe corn can be sore for a few days or even just the rest of the day.

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