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Corn Removal Surgery

Corn Removal Surgery NYCThe best podiatrists in NYC understand that a corn, clinically called a clavus, can be both annoying and painful. Often caused by continuous friction on a bone in your foot, corns are thick skin growths that form to protect that part of your foot.

There are actually two different types of corns: soft and hard. Depending on which type of corn you have and what’s causing it, your foot doctor in NYC may suggest surgical removal. But the procedure is different for hard and soft corns.

All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your podiatrist after a thorough consultation and examination  for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Hard Corns

Hard corns are dry, often conical in shape and described as “horny” in appearance. These types of corns can have a center that causes pain. If you have a hard corn, the best NYC podiatrists only suggest surgery if:

  • Non-invasive treatments don’t work
  • The corn has become painful
  • The corn is due to a bone issue that needs to be corrected

A foot doctor may confuse or misdiagnose this type of corn initially as a planter wart, when it’s actually a plantar corn or a nucleated corn — which just means it has a hard, painful center. Warts typically have little black dots in the center, indicating where they’re attached to the body; hard corns don’t have a visible center.

Hard corns commonly form on your pinky toe, where your shoe rubs against it. And until you use better footwear or a cushion, the corn continues to cause you discomfort. The best in class podiatrists in NYC won’t recommend surgery on a pinky toe corn unless there are other issues. If your underlying issue is hammer toe, for example, and your corn is causing pain, your foot doctor in NYC may suggest surgery to correct the hammer toe first and remove the corn afterward.

Soft Corns

Soft corns are an extremely painful, soft build-up of tissue that develop from too much moisture. Soft corns most often show up between your toes. This type of corn is often associated with athlete’s foot. Soft corns can occur between any toes, but commonly form between your fourth and fifth toes.

Like hard corns, soft corns can also be the result of a bone structure issue, such as when the fourth and fifth toes have bones that are pressing on one another in some fashion. These corns can be white instead of yellow, and may go down quite far into the webbing between your toes. Soft corns are also prone to infection if not treated right away.

Corn Removal Procedures

If a corn comes back in the same spot repeatedly, despite non-surgical treatments, then more than likely you have an underlying problem with your bone. Other types of foot surgery may be required to correct any underlying issues. Conditions with symptoms that often mimic corns include:

  • A rotated or misaligned toe
  • Hammer toe
  • Mallet toe

Hard Corn Removal

A nucleated corn, which is a corn with a center that makes it painful to walk, can be removed in the New York office of your foot doctor. A hollow, needle-like instrument — also known as a biopsy punch — is used to remove the entire corn, down to its root. The needle surrounds the center of the corn. Your NYC podiatric doctor uses a slow, twisting action to push the punch down until you can feel pressure or pain. At that point, the podiatry doctor removes the needle with the entirety of the corn.

Benefits of having the best podiatrist NYC perform this procedure include:

  • Since it’s an in-office, outpatient procedure, there’s no need for a scheduled, daylong hospital visit.
  • You feel immediate relief from the pain of the corn.
  • You typically can return to work right away.
  • The best rated podiatrists can remove several small corns at the same time.
  • There is very little bleeding.

Once your wound is bandaged, you’re required to wear soft shoes — slippers, for instance. The bandage is changed five days after surgery. This technique isn’t ideal for removing very large corns.

Surgeries on the bones of your foot may be required before your corn can be removed. Most foot doctors in NYC report that there’s no point in removing the corn when there is an underlying bone issue, as the corn just reappears as long as the bone structure remains unchanged. In this instance, the podiatrist removes the corn, the bursa  (a lubricating sac) and a small portion of bone. Corns rarely come back after this type of corrective surgery.

Soft Corn Removal

A typical soft corn surgery to correct the underlying bone structure involves your NYC podiatrist or a foot doctor removing a part of the bone in the fifth toe. During surgery, even the best in class NYC podiatrist may find that other corrections are needed, such as:

  • If your toe is curled, then the foot doctor performs what is called a tendon release, which allows the tendon to relax and your toe to uncurl.
  • Sometimes, the bone of the fourth toe is smoothed as well.
  • If the best podiatrist in Manhattan notes that the webbing between your toes is severely damaged, then the skin between your fourth and fifth toes may be removed. Those toes are then sewn together.

Recovering from Corn Removal Surgery

After the procedure, a gauze dressing is applied, and you are instructed to stay off your feet for three days. You have to keep your foot elevated. The bandages should remain dry until after the stitches are removed, which is at the 10- to 14-day mark. Even after the stitches are out, your activity level must be limited for two to three weeks while you heal.

In the meantime, you’ll need to wear a post-operative shoe whenever you want to walk, to protect the stitches and the incision. You might be able to wear your regular shoes again in two weeks, although most people wear a special shoe for three to four weeks. You can walk normally once you’ve healed, even if your foot doctor in NYC had to sew your fourth and fifth toes together. It doesn’t impede your foot’s ability to move normally.

Trying to cut your corns at home isn’t recommended, as infection is much more likely to occur. Similarly, using products that contain acid to eat away at the corn can cause good skin to be eaten away as well, leaving your foot open to infection. It’s much better to allow the highest rated podiatrist you can find take care of your corns.

All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your podiatrist after a thorough consultation and examination  for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not a definitive medical advice. Please consult foot doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or foot specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Do you have any questions about Corn Removal Surgery procedure in NYC? Would like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Jennifer McCoy of Manhattan Foot Specialists, please contact our office for consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

51 East 25th Street, Ste 409
New York, NY 10010

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 389-9918

The information on this website is to provide general guidance. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a best in class podiatrist regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs as it may a sign of a serious illness or condition. A thorough consultation and examination should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call a physician or call our office today and schedule a consultation.