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The summertime is for sandals and bare feet so treating it early could make the difference. Corns are annoying and sometimes painful if there is repeated pressure on your toes. There are certain medicated products that can treat corns but people who have delicate skin or poor circulation in their feet should consult a podiatrist quickly. Andrew Cohen at Mid - Michigan Foot and Ankle Center can help you get rid of your corns.

How Do I Know it’s a Corn?

  • It will be a thick, hard patch of skin that appears mostly on your toes.
  • A bump can grow on the skin and become flaky and dry around that area.
  • Tenderness and pain will occur in time and the corn will become uncomfortable.  

What Can I Do?

  • Soak your foot in hot water and baking soda to soften.
  • Rub crushed garlic on the corn and let it dry, cover it with a band aid and leave on while you sleep.
  • Sand the corn away with a pumice stone or nail file to remove dead skin.
  • Make a cream out of baking soda lemon juice and water to apply to the corn.
  • Soak a cotton ball in castor oil and tape to the corn overnight.

What Causes Corns?

  • Walking barefoot or not wearing socks in your shoes.
  • Sports activates that put pressure on feet
  • If you have bunions, hammertoes or damaged sweat glands it is likely that one will form.
  • Diabetes or other conditions that involve poor blood flow increases the chance of getting a corn.  

Our specialists may recommend to surgically treat the corn or suggest special shoes or shoe orthotics that will reduce pressure over the area where the corn is.  It isn’t hard to get rid of a corn and there are many home remedies that you could try but, the best way to keep it in control would be to make an appointment and seek regular foot care. This is helpful for those who tend to get corns often and especially if they are diabetic. In those cases, if the corn becomes infected then you should seek medical care right away by calling our office in Saginaw or Essexville Michigan at 989-790-8009. Call to schedule a visit today before your corn gets out of control. 

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