When most people think of corn, they think of sweet corn on the cob. Or perhaps corn and black bean salsa on tacos. Corns on your feet are a whole different matter. They don’t grow from stalks, corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop on your feet to protect against friction. If you’ve been getting a little too footloose like Kevin Bacon, your feet may very well grow corns to prevent pressure on the feet from causing pain.
According to the Mayo Clinic, you may have developed corns on your feet if you notice:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under your skin
- Flaky, dry or waxy skin
Corns on their own are not necessarily a cause for concern. If your Kevin Bacon dance marathon is ending soon, your feet may just heal themselves. However, if corns become painful or become inflamed, it’s time to visit our office and let us take a look. And definitely come in to see us if you have diabetes or poor blood flow. Even a minor foot injury can cause serious problems in such cases.
If you don’t have major foot problems or health issues such as diabetes, Ortoinfo suggests soaking your feet regularly, or use a pumice stone to soften and reduce the size of corns and calluses. They also say, “Use a bit of lamb’s wool (not cotton) between your toes to help cushion soft corns.”
In the meantime, make sure you wear good shoes that fit properly. Remember that athletic shoes often lose structural support long before they look like they’re worn out. Go ahead and have your dance parties, but listen to your feet if they start to feel pain.