Corns

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A corn is caused due to a localized thickening of the skin due to excessive pressure and friction. Corns often occur on the top of the toes where there is pressure from the shoes. However, this is not always the case, they also occur on the ball of the feet and in-between toes. Certain corns may have become entwined with the nerves of the skin, these corns are particularly painful. Women are more prone to corns as they have been wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes.

Some people treat corns with over the counter corn plasters, however the corn will keep returning as they do not treat the cause. Corn plasters may not be suitable for people who have a pre-existing condition, such as those with circulation problems, diabetes, or fragile skin. Other foot conditions can cause corns such as bunions or hammer toes. Others will be more susceptible to corns because they have bone feet with little natural cushioning

Corns often develop a core which is referred to as the "root" by patients. Corns can be very painful, especially if there is inflammation and swelling around the corn. A corn is a symptom of an underlying problem most common of which is over pronation. This can be controlled via insoles.

 

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Orthotic Proof Sources and Safety Data.

The use of foot orthotics has been researched and tested by leading institutions around the world, and is widely accepted in the medical community. Foot orthotics/ foot insoles are used in both public and private hospitals and clinics.

Clinical studies and field research verify the value of orthotics in preventing and treating arch pain while improving the structural integrity of the ligaments and muscles around the ankle. Flexible orthotics control foot motion without restricting function and creating compensatory movement in other structures.

Sources:

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists

Anthony RJ (1991) The Manufacture and Use of Functional Foot Orthoses.

Valmassey R (1998) Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity.

Whing W , Zernicke R(1998). Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury.

Journal of Applied Biomechanics

 

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