How To Prevent Corns

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You may not know this, but fashion forward women are one step ahead of the rest of the population when it comes to developing corns. You know-- those ugly bumps that grow on the soles of our feet and the sides of our toes.Although they can be prevented, theyre not so easy to get rid of. Corns are the result of our skin's reaction to the pressure and irritation of ill-fitting shoes.

There are two types of corns -- hard and soft. Youll usually find a hard corn on the fifth toe (occasionally on a different toe), and just like the name suggests, it feels firm. Soft corns most often appear between the fourth and fifth toes. They are made of thicker layers of skin but have some give. Either kind is a drag to have. They dont look great and they can hurt. Corns contain a cone-shaped core that may press on a nerve below causing pain. Corns can also become inflamed.

The best thing to do is to avoid getting them. Here's how.

First of all, wear shoes that fit properly. Dont try to squeeze your toes into shoes that are too narrow, or wear ones that cause any irritation or pressure.

As a rule, reduce the time you spend in high heels. Bring along comfy flats to change into whenever you can. Even better, stop wearing high heels altogether.

Use insoles in your shoes to avoid pressure at certain points. Avoid tight socks and stockings to provide a healthier environment for your foot.If you already have a corn: Diabetics and anyone with poor circulation should never use any chemical agents to remove corns.

For the rest of us, if you use an over-the-counter product, follow the directions carefully. Never try to alleviate the pain caused by corns with a razor or knife. This is not only dangerous, but can worsen the condition. If the problem persists, or a complication crops up including the development of an ulcer (a foot condition that may be especially dangerous to diabetics) see a foot doctor without delay.Robin Westen is ThirdAges medical reporter. Check for her daily updates.See what others have to say about this story or leave a comment of your own.
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