I have a soft, silky skin (modest, I know…), but extremely sensitive. With my feet I really haven’t got any problems, not caused by pedicure, were never swelled, never had cracked heels, until this summer…
For the first (and hope last time) this summer I felt a bearable pain sensation and noticed a reddish area on my left foot big toe, that looked like a foot corn, better said callus.Other names for corns and callus are hyperkeratosis, clavus, heloma and tyloma.
Of course I’ve called my mother first (we are very closed and we have a hot line). She advised me not to use corn plasters or any other chemical solutions which contains acids (the idea was that these chemicals contain acid that are supposed to exfoliate the thickened skin, but the chemical can harm even your healthy skin, it will dissolve what ever you put it on). She also said that there is nothing to worry about and that it can come right on it’s own, if the pressure that caused them is taken away. The cause was a pair of slippers made of blue and black striped synthetic fabric and very slippery. Due my sensitive skin and because I wear it even when my feet were wet , the friction shortly developed this corn. My mother also advised me that I should keep my eye on it and seek professional advice if the problem persists. And the corn didn’t disappeared, in fact it become more painful, even I wasn’t wearing those slippers.
I even noticed a pink spot (pink is the tone of my skin) right in the center of the corn often referred to as the “root” of corn. And this root was in fact the painful zone.
At first I’ve tried a “bathroom surgery” using those inadvisable plasters daily and removing each day a layer of my healthy skin. The skin became removable because of the plasters, but I didn’t managed to remove the “root”. I was aware that it would take weeks to solve it at home and I was very patient for a week or so. One day, reading about this, I’ve got scared that it can get infected because in the previous day I had to wear enclosed shoes. Then I went to see a podiatrist. He quickly removed it and in several days I was as good as new. The podiatrist told me that there are some risks when you are trying to remove the corn at home. First, you can cut yourself and get infected and the infection could spread, and if the circulation is poor, an amputation is a possibility. The doctor said about corn plasters that are forbidden to people who has frail skin or diabetics.
I’ve also find out that we can use silicone pads to alleviate pain and the occurrence of a corn. So we mustn’t use other products which causes more problems instead of solving the problem. I hope I will be more careful in the future, and seek professional help as the problem appears. And believe me…I’ve spared you of some unpleasant details of my “experience”:)