corn removal pads

Corns are a thickening of the skin in response to do much pressure on the area. Corns are relatively easy to remove by careful debridement, they are not so easy to stop coming back. Corns do not have roots that they grow back from; they come back after being removed because the cause of them is still there. That cause is that too much pressure on the area. There are a number of options to help reduce that pressure and we are happy to discuss those options with you for your corn.

Corn removal pads are not the answer to stop a corn coming back. These corn pads contain a low dose of an acid with the aim being that the acid will eat away and remove the corn. The typical acid used is salicylic acid. There are a number of problems with these corn removal pads. Firstly, the acid has no idea what is corn and what is normal – is will eat away at whatever you put it on, so the potential for a disaster from that is high, especially if you have diabetes. All the podiatry and diabetes professional associations advise against using them if you have diabetes. Secondly, they do not deal with the cause of the corn. So even if the corn pad can remove enough of the corn to help the symptoms, it is only a matter of time before it comes back again.

The best advice is, do not use corn removal pads as the risk of something going wrong is high. Have a discussion with your podiatrist what the best long term solution for your corns are and what is the best way to get rid of them permanently.

Craig Payne Administrator

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