Corn Removal Surgery
Corn and Callus ExcisionSurgical removal of corns is advised when there is burning pain or the patient is concerned that they have developed unsightly lumps over the small joints of their toes. An elliptical incision is made over the corn allowing the full depth of the corn to be excised as well as the fibrous scar tissue and bursal tissue that is often present. You can carefully mobilise straight away but it is recommended that you try and rest as much as possible for the first 48 hours. You should avoid high impact activities for two-three weeks. In some cases surgical corn removal is not suggested due to the size of the corn or the fact that it is caused by deformity of the toe. In such cases, correction of the toe to shorten or straighten the toe may also be recommended instead to avoid the risk of recurrence. Click here to find out more on toe correction.
What is Corn Removal Surgery?Corn removal surgery is a medical procedure that involves the surgical removal of corns, which are areas of thickened skin that develop on the feet due to constant pressure or friction. Corn typically occurs on the toes, ball of the foot, or heel, and can be painful and uncomfortable. Corn removal surgery is performed by a qualified healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist or a foot surgeon, and aims to alleviate pain, improve foot function, and prevent recurrence of corns.
Who is a Candidate for Corn Removal Surgery?Candidates for corn removal surgery are individuals who have persistent corns on feet that do not respond to conservative treatments such as wearing proper footwear, using padding or orthotics, and applying over-the-counter corn removers. Candidates may also have corns that are causing severe pain, discomfort, or affecting their daily activities. Additionally, individuals with deep-rooted corns or corns that are associated with structural abnormalities of the foot may also be candidates for corn removal surgery. A healthcare professional can determine the candidacy for corn removal surgery based on an individual’s specific case and medical history.
What are the Benefits of Corn Removal Surgery?The benefits of corn removal surgery may include:
- Relief from pain and discomfort caused by corns, allowing for improved mobility and quality of life.
- Removal of the thickened skin and underlying corn, addressing the root cause of the problem and preventing further recurrence.
- Correction of any structural abnormalities of the foot that may be contributing to the formation of corns.
- Prevention of complications associated with corns, such as infection, ulceration, or nail deformities.
- Restoration of foot health and function, allowing for better foot function and comfort in daily activities.
What is the Recovery Process Like?The recovery process after corn removal surgery may vary depending on factors such as the surgical technique used, the size and location of the corns, and the individual’s healing capacity. In general, the recovery process may involve:
- Following proper wound care instructions provided by the healthcare provider, such as keeping the surgical site clean and dry, and applying prescribed medications or dressings.
- Avoiding weight-bearing or excessive pressure on the surgical site for a certain period of time, as advised by the healthcare provider, to allow for proper healing.
- Using protective footwear or orthotics as recommended to protect the surgical site and prevent recurrence of corns.
- Following any dietary or activity restrictions given by the healthcare provider to support the healing process.
- Attending follow-up appointments for post-operative evaluation and monitoring to ensure proper healing and address any concerns or complications that may arise.