Plaster Acid May Treat Foot Corns

A study shows that salicylic acid, which is found in plasters, could work as an effective temporary treatment for foot corns. Royal College of Podiatry spokeswoman Lorraine Jones defines corns as “A cornis hard skin which occurs mainly as a response to excessive pressure, usually over a bony prominence”.

Jones states that women are more susceptible to corns than men due to the narrow shape of heels and general women’s fashion. “’This may be on the bottom of the foot – and is not uncommon in those who wear heels,” Jones said. Corn plastersthat contain salicylic acid to remove skin may act as a temporary solution, with the permanent solution being a visit to the podiatrist for corn removal.

A thick callus on the skin, corns can cause discomfort. If you are contending with foot corns, see one of our podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle conditions with the care they need.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specified area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a fair majority of corns. It is recommended that people with diabetes should not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

Preventing the Return of Corns
Orthotic shoes can also be an option because they are fitted by a podiatrist and help to prevent the return of corns. They lower friction and lower chances of getting corns, as well as reducing pain overall. Surgery is often never needed, but it is possible in very rare circumstances and in events where the normal treatments do not work.

After receiving treatment, it is important to maintain your foot health and consider your doctor’s recommendations when it comes to long term care and treatment for your feet.

We offer the newest diagnostic treatment and technologies for all of your foot and ankle needs. If you have any questions, please contact one of our 11 conveniently located offices in the Tampa Bay area.

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