Why Women Get More Foot Corns & What You Can Do About It
Milwaukee Podiatrist Specializing in Women's Foot Health Shares Corn Treatment Tips
Are painful, unsightly corns keeping you from showing off your feet in summer sandals? If you’ve been hiding your toes in warmer months, you’re not alone.
Any podiatrist will tell you women are much more likely to suffer from corns. This is because women are far more likely than men to squeeze their feet into too-small, too-tight or uncomfortable shoes all in the name of fashion.
Pregnant women can also develop corns due to foot swelling (edema) adding even greater discomfort.
You can wear stylish shoes—even high heels—and keep corns from forming (or coming back). Understanding why corns develop in the first place and following a simple, healthful foot care routine are key to having the soft, smooth toes, feet and heels of your dreams!
Relieve the Pressure
Most corns form because of friction and pressure—from poorly fitting footwear or even a seam or ridge inside your shoe or sandal. Your skin forms calluses and corns to protect itself from further damage.
Getting rid of a corn with a home remedy or expert medical help from your podiatrist is only the beginning. If you don’t change your footwear or behavior the corn will recur in the exact same place.
Portion Control for Painful Footwear
Narrow, pointy-toed and high-heeled shoes can look great, but it’s important to be aware of how often and how long you wear them. If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, try to take regular breaks to rest your feet. Better yet, remove painful shoes periodically to let your feet flex and relax.
You can also carry uncomfortable shoes with you in a tote or reusable bag, and only put the special shoes on when you get to the main event.
There’s no need to give up on fashion-forward footwear altogether. Being aware of how much time your feet are subjected to pinching, pressure and friction from shoes and making reasonable compromises can go a long way towards better foot health for life.
Products Offering Pain Relief
There are many types of pads, cushions and inserts designed to relieve pain from corns and keep them from getting worse.
At the first sign of a developing corn, determine the cause and take action right away to cushion and protect the affected area. With so many foot care products on the market today, it can be hard to determine the best option.
Consulting a podiatrist about foot care and how to treat corns before they get serious is a good preventative measure.
Treat Your Feet to Corn-Canceling Footcare
Getting in the habit of taking exquisite care of your feet and toes will pay off with fewer foot problems over your lifetime.
Diabetic patients should check with a podiatrist before beginning any new foot care regimen.
Simple steps to keep skin supple and prevent calluses and corns include:
Soothing foot soaks
Soaking your feet in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes softens skin, treating cracked heels, rough skin or corns and calluses. It also improves circulation and helps muscles relax. You can add Epsom salts, bubble bath or aromatic herbs for additional enjoyment.
Begin each morning with a fast-absorbing foot lotion after your shower or before you leave the house. Before bed, apply an intensely hydrating foot cream to repair dry skin. Olive oil or jojoba oil are also good skin softeners, but be sure to wear cotton socks over them so you don’t stain your sheets!
Regular use of a pumice stone can effectively erase dead, dry skin before it toughens and forms calluses and corns. Don’t buff too hard though! Be sure you’re only removing the dead skin, not causing further damage.
Protect and Prepare
Make sure the shoes you wear most often (especially when walking or running) are comfortable, supportive and don’t pinch or run anywhere. Carry a small bag with:
- Travel-size version of your favorite foot cream
- Baby wipes (many retailers sell purse-sized packs)
- Bandages and cushioned pads, just in case!
- Extra socks
You’ll be ready to take care of your feet no matter what the day brings!
Milwaukee’s Top Female Podiatrist Helps Women Manage Foot Health
If you’re devoted to the latest fashions in footwear, you need to be equally devoted to proper foot care. Schedule an appointment to discuss your foot health concerns including corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes or foot pain. Dr. Nazar understands the unique foot and ankle issues women face and can help you prevent or treat painful foot symptoms so you can get back to enjoying life!