Sharing your information Medway Community Healthcare provides a wide range of high quality community health services for Medway residents; from community nurses and health visitors to speech and language therapists and out of hours urgent care. Leaflet reference: MCH 057.1 Your information will only be disclosed to those who have a genuine need to know and who agree to keep your information confidential. For your direct care we often share information with: NHS hospitals and clinics GPs Social care Who to contact Podiatry service t: 01634 718113 f: 01634 730732 Podiatry Appointment Centre Hawthorn Road Clinic Hawthorn Road Strood Rochester Kent ME2 2HU [email protected] Podiatry service Corns Customer care Please send any comments about Medway Community Healthcare services to: Customer care manager Medway Community Healthcare 7-8 Ambley Green, Bailey Drive, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 0NJ t: 01634 382266 f: 01634 382700 [email protected] All contact will be treated confidentially _________ This information can be made available in other formats and languages. Please contact: Communications on 01634 382211 or [email protected] Medway Community Healthcare CIC Registered office: Unit 5 Ambley Green, Bailey Drive, Gillingham Business Park, Gillingham, Kent ME8 0NJ Tel: 01634 382777 . Registered in England and Wales, Company number: 07275637 www.medwaycommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk Information Corns When we walk or stand, our body weight is carried first on the heel and then on the ball of the foot, where the skin is thicker to withstand the pressure. When this pressure becomes intense, growths in the form of corns and callus may appear. Sometimes certain parts of the foot can protrude or rub on shoes e.g. hammer toes. This can cause areas of high pressure; the body tries to protect itself by laying down skin (protection). If untreated it builds up and various types of corns and callous can develop. Under pressure There are a number of different types of corns. The two most common are hard and soft corns. Hard corns These are the most common and appear as small, concentrated areas of hard skin up to the size of a small pea, usually within a wider area of thickened skin or callous and can be symptoms of feet or toes not functioning properly. Soft corns These develop in a similar way to hard corns. They are whitish and rubbery in texture and appear between toes where the skin is moist from sweat, or from inadequate drying. A Health Professions Council registered (HPC) podiatrist will be able to reduce the bulk of the corn. Seed corns These are tiny corns that tend to occur either singly or in clusters on the bottom of the foot. They are usually painless and caused by frictional / sheering stress i.e. slip on shoes or shoes that are too large, or dry skin which can be improved by applying moisturising cream daily. Neuro-vascular corns These have their own nerve and blood supply and are very painful and difficult to get rid of. Vascular corns These corns have developed their own micro blood supply and will bleed profusely if they are cut and can be very painful. Fibrous corns These arise from corns that have been present for a long time. They are firmly attached to deeper tissues. They can also be painful. What you can do for yourself Don’t cut corns yourself, especially if you are elderly or diabetic. Don’t use corn plasters or paints, these can burn the healthy tissue around the corns. Home remedies, like lambswool around toes are potentially dangerous. Commercially available ‘cures’ should be used only following professional advice. You could use a pumice stone or foot file to remove the thickened skin a little at a time after a bath/shower or relieve pressure between the toes with a foam/silicone wedge. Ensure footwear is not rubbing the affected area causing the corn. If you are unsure of what to do or need special attention, consult a HPC registered podiatrist who will be able to remove corns painlessly, apply padding or insoles to relieve pressure, or fit corrective appliances for long-term relief. What we can do for you? If pain or redness in the lesion persists, the podiatry service can offer a course of treatment for your lesion. Pressure redistribution via insoles or silicone devices may be of benefit.
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