Find out how to immediately relieve pressure from your corn and help to eliminate it.
What is a corn?
Corns are small areas of hardened skin with a distinctive shape that develop due to extended periods of pressure and friction in a specific spot. The skin is made up of several layers. The outer layer, the epidermis, acts as a protective barrier for the deeper, more sensitive layers of the skin. If the skin is exposed to permanent pressure and friction e.g. from ill-fitting shoes, it reacts by building up the outer layer, thus forming calloused skin. If the pressure persists, the calloused skin can form a corn with a hard core that reaches the deeper, sensitive skin structures and thus causes pain. The feet are most commonly affected by corns especially on the top of the toes. Occasionally, a corn develops in other areas such as hands or fingers, e.g. in relation to mechanical strain and pressure.
How corns develop
Corns form on dry, flat surfaces due to repeated, elliptical rubbing of the skin and another object. While generally not a serious condition, hardened corns can very painful. Soft corns most often occur in places where the skin is moist from sweat or inadequate drying, such as between the toes, and feature softer skin, making them more easily damaged.
Corns as well as callus are types of hyperkeratosis, caused by pressure or friction. The outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, reacts by building up and forming callous skin in layers. Corns are caused by pressure or friction on a specific spot whereas callus develops from penetration of a bigger area. Corns can be accompanied by pain and are generally more visible than standard calluses.
How to treat corns
The first step of corn treatment should always be to stop further pressure to relieve pain. To help reduce pressure to a corn on your foot, choose well-fitting shoes or alternate between pairs. Protect the corn with a special Elastaplast corn plaster that protects from further pressure, relieves pain immediately and softens the hardened skin thanks to its effective ingredient, salicylic acid. After in total 4 days, the now softened corn can be removed in a warm salt or soap water bath. Never try to remove the corn with a sharp object! In more serious cases or if you suffer from persistent reappearances, you should consult a medical professional. Should you suffer from diabetes or circulatory disorders, refrain from using the Elastaplast corn pads and see your podiatrist or doctor.
How to prevent corns
"As with all wounds, prevention is better than cure. To make sure that your feet stay corn-free, follow these tips:
- Choose well-fitting shoes and change them frequently to prevent persistent rubbing in the same areas. This can also help to prevent blisters.
- Keep your feet well moisturised with special foot creams such as Hansaplast Regenerating Foot Cream.
- We recommend Hansaplast Pressure Protection Rings and Hansaplast Pressure Stop Plasters on areas that are exposed to a lot of pressure, or at the latest when first signs of a corn are recognized. The soft and self-adhesive pads protect against painful pressure and relieve pain at once."
Although compiled with great care, please note that the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor or podiatrist and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products. For further information about our products, please contact us via email at Hansaplast@Beiersdorf.com.