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Updated on Jul 29, 2021 by Dr. Mohammad Rimawi (Podiatrist) of Manhattan Foot Specialists

Corn Removal Surgery

Corn Removal Surgery NYCCorn is an unsightly localized lesion of hard, thickened skin typically found over a pressure point. Corn is caused by rubbing a bone against your soft tissue, causing the skin to thicken and harden, forming what is referred to as corn. Conservative treatment of corns consists of shaving thickened skin, shoe modification, and treatment with custom orthotics.

Surgical options for corn treatment typically involve modifying the bone, causing the pressure point under the corn. There are two different types of corns: soft and hard. Depending on the type of corn, its location, and what is causing it to form, your foot doctor in NYC will suggest a procedure to correct it.

Hard Corns

Hard corns are dry and often have a hardcore. These become incredibly painful often feeling as though a rock is in your shoe. If you have hard corn, the best NYC podiatrist’s 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.

Corn always has some biomechanical imbalance causing its presentation, and your foot doctor must correct the underlying deformity for successful resolution of the skin lesion. For example, corn on a pinky toe is often due to a hammertoe rubbing against a shoe. Thus the best podiatrist in NYC would correct the hammertoe in addition to excising the corn. Your foot doctor in NYC will discuss what is necessary to provide a long-term solution to your painful corn and answer any questions you may have.

Soft Corns

Soft corns result from tissue build-up in a moisture-prone area coupled with bone rubbing against the skin. Soft corns most commonly show up between your toes. This type of corn is often associated with athlete’s foot, and the web space between your fourth and fifth toes is the most prone to this infection. Soft corns are also prone to bacterial infection if not treated right away.

People sometimes mistakenly use the terms corns and bunions interchangeably, but they are not the same. A “bunion” is the name for the enlarged bony bump located behind the big toe at the joint where it attaches to the foot. This often protrudes out the side, but occasionally it protrudes upward. Visit your local foot doctor, a leading NYC bunion surgery doctor who is surgically trained to remove this bump and will guide you to the newest bunion procedures that suit your lifestyle and expectations.

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Corn Removal Procedures

Corns can be shaved down painlessly in the office, but if this lesion returns time after time, then you should start to think about fixing the underlying cause. The best podiatrist in NYC at the Manhattan podiatry center understands that corn can be painful and embarrassing. Deformities that often result in corns are:

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

Hard Corn Removal

This type of corn often has a hard nucleated center that makes it painful to walk. This is something that is seen in the New York office of your foot doctor every day. Your NYC podiatric doctor can remove this lesion easily by shaving it down and removing its core. Your NYC podiatric doctor can perform this procedure in the office and have you in and out on your lunch break. Your podiatry doctor can also make custom orthotics to help prevent these lesions from forming.

Benefits of having the best podiatrist in 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
  • You can return to work right away.
  • The best-rated podiatrists can remove several small corns at the same time.

Surgeries on the bones of your foot may be necessary if you want a more permanent treatment. Some foot doctors in NYC advocate that you should fix the deformity rather than remove the corn. But our podiatrists understand that surgery is not for everyone and are happy to alleviate your pain via conservative care through callus removal and orthotic treatment.

Soft Corn Removal

Soft corns can be shaved down in the same fashion as hard corns. However, these lesions typically return quickly, and the long-term solution would be to fix the underlying boney cause. Correcting the underlying bone structure typically involves your NYC podiatrist or foot doctor removing a part of the bone in the fifth toe. The best NYC podiatrist will discuss what corrections are needed to prevent this issue, such as:

  • If your toe is curled, then the foot doctor performs 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 skin between your toes is very damaged, the skin between your toes may be removed. Those toes are then partially sewn together.

The best podiatrist in Manhattan will explain all your options and help you choose what is best for you.

Recovering from Corn Removal Surgery

In-office corn removal has no recovery period.  If you choose to correct the deformity causing your corn surgically, you will likely need to wear a post-operative shoe for a few weeks. 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. Your foot doctor in NYC will instruct you on at-home physical therapy to recover as quickly as possible.

Trying to cut your corns at home is not recommended, as the infection is much more likely to occur with self-care. 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 to take care of your corns.

Do you have any questions about the Corn Removal Surgery procedure in NYC? Would like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor at the podiatry center in New York. Please contact our office for a consultation.

Dr. Mohammad Rimawi has either authored or reviewed and approved this content. New York City Locations Manhattan Foot Specialists (Upper East Side) 983 Park Ave, Ste 1D14, New York, NY 10028
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