What's Up Doc?

The Mirror (London, England), January 9, 2003 | Go to article overview

What's Up Doc?


Q MY little toe is very painful: I think I've got a corn on it. How do I get rid of it, and how did I catch it?

ACarnation Footcare's chiropodist Kimby Osborne says: A corn is a raised shiny dome or whiteish or pale yellow thickened skin with a very hard, cone-shaped centre. You didn't "catch" it as such, because corns are not an infection.

The cause is normally excessive friction or pressure on the affected area over a period of time.

The pain is caused by the centre of the corn pressing on a nerve, but the good news is that you can easily treat it. You can buy corn-cap treatments from your pharmacist, which should get rid of the corn within 10 days.

A corn cap is a small plaster which contains a circle of felt filled with salicylic acid. The circle of felt should be positioned around the corn to provide pain relief from pressure, whilst the salicylic acid works directly to remove the corn. To stop the corn coming back, you need to check that your shoes fit properly, and look at your tights or socks which can sometimes be too tight in the toe area and scrunch the toes together. …

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