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How and Why Corns Form

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Friction is often the reason a corn formsWhen we look back—as the Boynton Beach Historical Society has—to 1905, it is interesting to see the acreage, quantity, and value of the crops grown back then. The vast amounts of tomatoes and pineapples grown will likely not surprise any of our local residents. It also shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see that corn is pretty far down the list. Even though it is not a major crop in our region, most people have a decent idea as to how it grows. When it comes to how and why corns form on your toes and feet, however, you might need a bit more insight.

Corns are small, cylindrical patches of skin that are most likely to form on the sides and tops of toes. These are similar to calluses in the sense that they are created by the body to protect itself from friction or other external pressure. Corn development is prone to happen on boney areas where there isn’t as much natural cushioning, while calluses are more likely to appear in weight-bearing locations like the sole of the foot.

One of the specific factors behind why corns form is that toe deformities rub against the inside of your footwear and become irritated. This is particularly evident for cases of bunions and hammer toes. They can also be caused by footwear that is too tight or small.

Corns can be painful and pose heightened risk to those who live with diabetes, so it is best to simply avoid them altogether. Here at Palm Beach Podiatry, we can provide tips for you to prevent the formation of this particular skin condition. We also offer expert treatment for any foot or ankle condition you might experience, so contact our practice today. You can reach us at (561) 734-3100 for our Boynton Beach location, (561) 791-7773 for our Loxahatchee location, or (772) 468-0089 for our Fort Pierce, FL location. You can also schedule an appointment at any of our offices online.

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