My mother has corn at bottom of foot for last 5 years now. She soaks , scrubs and applies salicylic acid for more than last 6months now but it hasn't gone completely. I have visited St John's hospital couple of time where they have done soaking , scrubbing and some chemical spray during last 2 year. Can you please advise me a method which can help permanently ?
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Corn can be surgically removed but it will recurr if the problem of weight bearing on the foot is not corrected. Corn is a thickening of the skin that develops due to repeated excess pressure on one particular area of the foot. As the skin becomes harder and harder, it forms a whitish stony hard material that we call as the seed of the corn. The seed presses on the inner soft tissue of the leg and causes pain. Removing the corn completely (including the seed) gives relief from the problem but if pressure continues to fall on that area the corn will develop. Depending of her foot and depending on whether she has some anatomical variation in her foot which makes more pressure on certain areas, she can be advised appropriate footwear. Usually a shoe with a soft sole like sports shoes give good support and distribute the weight evenly on the feet. There are also special foot wear called MCR/MCP footwear (commonly known as diabetic chappals) which may be needed in some patients. Warm regards. Dr. Rajdeep Mysore. Chirag Hospital Bangalore.