As a foot doctor this is one query that we get asked quite a bit, both in clinical situations as well as in family occasions. Corns don't have roots. After a foot doctor removes a corn, they actually do usually tend to keep coming back, and not because they have got roots. They come back since the root cause of the corn or callus remains. A corn is an region of skin, usually on a toe which will become thicker and painful. The explanation for that thickened area of skin is simply too much force. It is very normal for skin to get thicker to protect itself. Consider what goes on when you chop lots of timber and develop a callus on the hands. That is the normal protecting physiological of the skin thickening up to take care of itself. After you quit chopping wood, the calluses vanish entirely since the stress which induced them has stopped.
It's the identical process with a corn or callus on the feet. The skin thickens up in a reaction to increased pressure. There are many factors that cause this higher pressure. There could be a bunion or hammer toes or a fallen metatarsal bone or perhaps the shoes are too restricted. As a result of the increased pressure the skin begins to thicken up much like the calluses on the hands as you chop wood. Nevertheless, as opposed to chopping wood the pressure to the feet from the shoes or foot deformity doesn't stop and as that pressure persists the epidermis continues to get thicker. The callus is usually a more diffuse region of thickened skin and the corn is a smaller sized but much more discrete and deeper region of thickened epidermis. Sooner or later it becomes so thick it can be sore. A knowledgeable podiatrist can simply debride that sore callus or corn with little difficulties and typically it will no longer end up being painful. Nevertheless, when the reason behind that higher stress isn't taken away, then the callus or corn will come back. That's where the belief that they have roots come from. They are not similar to organic plant life which have roots which they grow from. The podiatric doctor didn't neglect to get rid of the roots. Corns keep coming back since the cause continues.
So that you can permanently get rid of a corn on the feet, then the cause needs to be taken away. After the corn has been debrided, after that that should give immediate pain alleviation. A great podiatrist will then investigate further and ascertain what could have been causing that corn and just what may be done to reduce that reason. It may be as basic as giving footwear suggestions and making use of different or much better fitting footwear. In addition, it may be as sophisticated as requiring surgery to, by way of example, correct a bunion which could have been creating the elevated pressure. Sometimes if you have a callus on the bottom of the feet, foot inserts can often minimize the pressure in those areas. The main thing to understand is that foot corns do not possess roots and they have an underlying cause. If you need to stop corns returning you will want to eradicate that reason.