What are Corns
Corns and Calluses are a body's
response to friction or pressure against the skin. If your foot rubs inside
your shoe, the affected area of skin thickens. It can also happen if a
bone is not in the correct position. In order to protect
itself, the area
of skin thickens to protect the foot from unusual pressure. In severe
cases, a corn or callus may actually press on a sensitive nerve, resulting
in severe pain.
Corns: Can range from a slight thickening
of the skin to a painful hard bump. They often form on top of buckled toe
joints (Hammer Toes). If your toes curl under, corns may grow on the tips.
You could also get them from a toe rubbing against the end of a shoe
can also grow between to toes.
Calluses: may spread across the across
the ball of your foot. This type of callus is usually due to a problem with
a metatarsal (the long bone at the base of a toe, near the ball of the
foot). A pinched callus may grow along the outer edge of the heel or the
big toe. Some calluses press up into the foot instead of spreading on the
outside. A callus may form a central core or plug of tissue where pressure
What are Neuromas?
This problem begins when the outer
coating of a nerve in your foot thickens. This thickening is usually
caused by irritation that results when two hard surfaces rub together,
(often due to ill- fitting shoes or abnormal bone movement). Nerve
problems due to diabetes or alcoholism may also cause neuroma-like
How are Neuromas treated?
Non Surgical treatments include:
orthotics, medication, ultrasound, or shoe adjustments. If the neuroma is
resistant to conservative care more aggressive treatments can be
recommended by you doctor.
Neurolysis procedure how it works:
the nerve is severely compressed by the callus tissue and
from bearing any weight,
the nerve reflex signals the skin to produce more callus, which only makes
the problem worse. When the nerve is neutralized by the neurolysis
procedure, the reflex signal is stopped and the callus stops forming. This
allows the skin to get back to normal.
Neurolysis Procedure treatment steps: