If the corn causes pain, it means it’s grown already so deep that it presses the bone or the nerve. In this case, you should protect the affected area from further pressure. You can do it by placing a doughnut-shaped adhesive pad. You can buy them in every pharmacy. Isolating the painful corn should be the first step of the treatment as it will prevent the skin from further damage.
Pharmaceutical and medical help
There are many over-the-counter creams, ointments, and liquids that can ease the pain caused by calluses and help remove the corns very fast. Most of them are based on salicylic acid and are very effective, but have to be used with care.
Since the acid concentration in those products is very high, there is a risk of damage to the healthy skin around the corn, which, in turn, may lead to the development of infections and ulcers. That’s why in this case home remedies, though a bit more time consuming, are safer and equally effective.
Medical help is hardly ever needed in the corn treatment but might be necessary if the reason for the development of corns and calluses cannot be eliminated with simple home treatments. In some cases, corns occur due to an abnormal structure of the feet or hip and knee problems that affect the walking motion.
In those situations, an orthopedic intervention is required. This doesn’t necessarily mean surgery. Very often tailor-made orthopedic shoe inserts are enough to prevent the foot defect from affecting the way we walk.
If the corns get infected, you might have to see the doctor and ask him to prescribe you antibiotics that will clear the infection. Neglected infections may cause serious skin damage and in some more severe cases lead to surgery.