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Corn Removal Surgery

Corn on Toe Treatment Options

A corn is a type of callus with a hard core in the center that can occur on the top, between or on the tip of the toes.  Corns are caused by excessive pressure or friction from prominent bone structures.


Not only can the thick and discolored portion of the corn be removed, but the surgery removes the offending portion of the bone (or bone spur) to prevent the corn from returning. 


Treatment for Corns and Callouses

TREATMENT OF CORNS  - Conservative Care



A larger, softer shoe can relieve the direct or indirect pressure. Make sure that the shoe has enough room at the end about the width of your thumb and that the toe box (front of the shoe) is high enough to allow your toes to move freely.


If a there is a corn or callus formation, reduction by either professional sharp debridement (shaving) or consistent filing will give temporary relief. Use caution with over the counter corn removal medication or pads. The medication is a type of acid that can cause an ulceration or infection if not used properly or in excess.



The offending spur or toe joint is remodeled and affected toe is straightened if necessary. Depending on the location or severity, the skin lesion or corn itself is removed during the procedure or it will naturally fall off 3 to 4 weeks after the surgery. The incision is minimal (1.5cm to 3/4 inch) on the top or side of the toe. Sutures are removed at 2 weeks.


The procedure is performed in the office with local anesthetic or at an outpatient facility under sedation and full weight bearing is allowed after 48 to 72 hours of partial weight bearing.



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Our doctors have extended specialist medical training focused on the foot, ankle and lower leg.


We are board certified surgeons and experts in delivering care for complex foot and ankle disorders as well as cosmetic or reconstructive procedures and problems related to sports injuries and other medical conditions.

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