Corns are small, circular lesions of thickened skin that kind of resemble their namesake—a kernel of corn. At Dr. Jill’s Foot Pads we know that corns normally develop on your foot as a result of repeated friction or pressure on a particular point on your skin. Corns are frequently a secondary condition in patients that have foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes. The toe that is bent out of position rubs against your shoes, causing repeated irritation that eventually develops into a corn. Corns can be painful and ultimately the underlying cause of the corn needs to be corrected in order to provide permanent relief. Your Podiatrist will know the right time and course of treatment to prescribe.
In the intervening time, however, we offer several products that can help keep the pressure off of an existing corn and greatly increase your daily comfort wearing shoes.
Gel Moleskin—in some cases, particularly in the early stages of a developing corn, a cushion over the irritated spot will bring pain relief. Our Gel Moleskin has a stretchy fabric top and it protects corns with a protective padding. The latex-free sheets can be custom cut to the appropriate size. Gel Moleskin is also great to have in your purse or backpack in case you feel a blister forming anywhere on your foot. Place a small piece over the area that hurts until you can get home and change your shoes.
Foam Corn Pads—made of non-medicated, medical grade foam, these pads have a center hole cut out that you place over the corn to create a barrier which reduces pressure from footwear and transfers weight away from the corn. Designed for use in all types of footwear, Foam Corn Pads have an adhesive backing that keep it in place.
Gel and Fabric Toe Cap—if a corn is large, our Gel and Fabric Toe Cap that slips over the entire toe may be the best choice. This is a good choice if the corn is caused by a hammertoe. Our Gel and Fabric Toe Cap cushions are for sore and deformed toes also and help relieve pain on the tips of the toes as well. Pads are washable and can be used over and over again. These pads have the added benefit of containing moisturizers that slowly release to help soften the skin too. Our bulk Ribbed Gel Toe Caps are available in several different sizes and can also be used for corns, moles and other sore areas on your toes.