Different types of corns

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Corns are very varied and occur in different shapes; there are various types of corns. They may be very painful and bothersome if they are not dealt with in time. Let us describe the different types of corns that exist.


Hard corns (heloma durum)


These are the most common type of corns. They are concentrated in small zones of hard skin and may be the result of wearing unsuitable shoes, which are too tight or too small.


Soft corns (heloma molle)


These corns develop in the same way as hard corns but they are not the same. They are whitish and spongy in appearance. They can be found in places where the skin is moist due to perspiration. It is therefore quite common to find them between toes. They may prove to be particularly painful. Here too, corns develop because of wearing unsuitable footwear.


Miliary corns (heloma miliaire)


Generally, these are painless corns which may be found on the zones where there may not necessarily be any pressure. They are generally caused by a lack of hydration and are noticeable because they look like little holes. They are not extremely tenacious corns and removal is enough to make them disappear.


Vascular corns (heloma neurofibrosum)


These are corns which are more common in smokers than in non-smokers. They are particularly painful types of corns with nerve endings. When cut, they may bleed and they are more difficult to remove. These corns often diminish when the person stops smoking tobacco.


Fibrous corns


These corns develop when the corns mentioned previously are not treated. They become entangled in the collagen fibers of the cutaneous layers of the skin, and are connected to tissue. They are very painful and undeniably require professional treatment.


In a nutshell…


There are many different types of corns. Consulting a podiatrist may help in preventing them from developing and relieving pain when they do. It is vital to get specialist treatment for corns. Should you require any more information or to make an appointment with your podiatrist, contact us.

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