Can you stop a corn from coming back by getting the root?

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A misconception of the treatment of a corn is that if you get the "root" or "seed" out, the corn will not return. This is absolutely untrue. A corn is indeed conical in shape, widest at top and narrow at the bottom, which gives the appearance of a root being present. The corn does not grow from the root, however, but responds to the degree of pressure on it. The most narrow or defined area will be closest to the cause of the pressure, the bone. It widens as it reaches the surface of the skin.

Removing the corn, no matter how deep, will only treat the pain that you are currently feeling. The pressure that causes the corn remains and will likely cause the corn to eventually return. To prevent a corn from returning, something that causes the pressure must change. That often means changing your shoes to those that better accommodates the foot and reduces pressure on the bone. Also, the bone that is causing the corn to form can be addressed with foot surgery. This would most definitively treat and eliminate the corn.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.