What are the Risks of Untreated Foot Corns?
Foot corns are a common foot condition that can be managed with at-home care. However, corns may lead to serious health complications, like redness, pain, and swelling if left untreated for too long. Others may even experience infection and ulceration.
Today, board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Suzanne Levine will explore the risks of untreated foot conditions at Millennium Podiatry in New York City, NY. We also provide tips on preventing and treating corns. Call us today to schedule a comprehensive foot exam.
What are foot corns?
Foot corns are small patches of thickened skin that commonly develop on the tops and sides of the toes. Corns are caused by friction and pressure against the skin, often from ill-fitting shoes. This can cause the skin to harden and thicken in an effort to protect itself.
Some people are unsure if they have a corn or callus because they have similar symptoms. While both involve thickened skin, they generally develop in different areas. Calluses are larger and commonly develop in areas that bear weight, like the sole of the foot. Corns tend to be smaller and form on the top or side of the toe.
What are some home remedies for corns?
There are several at-home treatments for corns, including soaking the foot in warm water to soften the skin. Patients can also moisturize the skin and wear comfortable shoes with custom insoles to minimize friction. However, if home remedies do not improve your condition or relieve discomfort, it is time to get a foot exam from an experienced podiatrist like Dr. Levine in New York City, NY.
What if corns go untreated?
Corns are not usually dangerous but can lead to the following health complications if untreated:
Infection: Because corns are caused by friction and pressure, they can easily become irritated and may lead to infection. Signs of infection include redness, pain, swelling, or oozing from the wound.
Changes in posture: Pain from foot corns can alter the way you walk, which can lead to changes in posture. This can cause pain and other complications in areas like the back, hips, and knees.
Diabetic ulcers: It is especially important to treat foot corns early if you have diabetes. Ulcers can develop from even a small wound and, if left untreated, may lead to severe complications or amputation.
Patients who experience any of these complications should call Dr. Levine for a corn assessment right away. We provide excellent podiatric care to improve your quality of life.
How does Millennium Podiatry treat corns?
Dr. Levine and the team at Millennium Podiatry are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of foot corns. After a foot exam, we will develop a personalized plan to address your needs. Options may include a combination of at-home care and custom-fitted shoe inserts or minimally invasive treatments designed to address the corn with little to no discomfort.
Treat unwanted foot corns
Foot corns can lead to infection, changes in posture, diabetic ulcers, or other serious health complications if left alone. Now, you can learn how to prevent and treat corns by calling Millennium Podiatry in New York City, NY. Board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Suzanne Levine can help relieve foot pain so you can get back to your life in comfort.