MD Podiatrist Discusses Treatment of Corns

Corns are thick layers of skin that can be hard or soft, and are usually seen on the tops and side of the toes. Dan Michaels, DPM says they develop because of bone pressure against the skin, like a hammertoe. Other causes are arthritis and wearing poorly fitting shoes, or putting excess pressure on certain toes. Though corns can become tender, they’re generally harmless, so most people just let them be, or they use corn-removal pads at home. “These pads should not be on the market,” says Dr. Michaels. 
“Ninety-five percent of the patients who come to see me for corn removal have darker skin types and have used these over-the-counter “˜remedies,’ only to find that they burn the skin. Once the skin is burned, it turns white. Because of the contrast on darker skin, the patients think it looks ugly. Plus, the corns eventually come back.” In some cases, Dr. Michaels can surgically excise the corn lesions under local anesthesia and stitch up the skin. “Results can be seen immediately, though there may be a few months of swelling.”