Corns are similar to calluses. They're formed from a build-up of dead skin cells that create thick, hardened areas on your feet. Soft corns are usually found in between toes and hard corns are found on top. Hard corns usually form over bone, where the foot and the beginning of the toe meet. They can also be caused by tight shoes that squeeze the foot, sandals with no socks, and other types of constant pressure and/or friction.
If you’re embarrassed by your corns, or you’re experiencing significant pain or discomfort, corn removal surgery may be right for you.
What Happens During Corn Removal?
Corn removal surgery is a quick outpatient procedure that is generally completed in less than 30 minutes. Prior to surgery, a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the treatment area. Using a sterile scalpel, your surgeon will carefully shave off the dead layers of skin, all the way down to the root of your corn. You may experience slight bleeding during this process and stitches may be necessary to close the wound. Following removal, your surgeon will apply a bandage to cover the treatment area.
After Corn Removal
Your surgeon will provide you will specific aftercare instructions to properly care for your wound. Corn removal is a minor surgery, so your recovery should be relatively fast—lasting 3 to 7 days.
You will need to limit your normal activities until your foot has fully healed. Wearing normal shoes will also be prohibited during recovery.