H is for Heloma Durum

June 28, 2023

A heloma durum is the Latin term for a hard corn. It is the most common type of corn, usually located over toes.

Heloma durum’s or hard corns on the feet can be treated through various methods, but the best way is to see a podiatrist.

Wearing well-fitting shoes with enough room for the toes can help alleviate pressure on the corns and prevent their development or recurrence.

Non-medicated corn pads or cushions can be used to provide protective padding and reduce friction on the corn. These can be found in most pharmacies and are available over-the-counter.

Soaking your feet in warm water for about 10-15 minutes can help soften the corn. Afterward, gently use a pumice stone or a foot file to remove the dead skin. Apply a moisturizer to keep the skin soft and supple.

If the corn is causing significant pain or discomfort, a healthcare professional may apply a protective covering, such as a corn cap, to protect the area and relieve pressure.

Foot orthotic devices can help redistribute pressure on the feet and alleviate corns caused by biomechanical issues. A podiatrist can assess your feet and prescribe suitable orthotics if needed.

In rare cases where conservative treatments fail, a podiatrist or foot specialist may recommend surgical removal of bone that is causing the corn. 


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