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Corns in-between toes (inter-digital corns/soft corns)
Corns in-between the toes occur when adjacent toes rub together. These corns are more prevalent where the feet are squeezed into pointed or narrow shoes.
Since the skin in-between the toes is relatively thin and sensitive, corns that develop there have the potential to cause significant discomfort. Additionally, since interdigital skin is delicate, it is not uncommon for corns to exhibit necrotic breakdown/ulceration in the layers below the corn, and on occasions an infection may develop thus magnifying the level of discomfort.
Following the removal of the corn by a Podiatrist, in order to prevent the corn from constantly reappearing, it is essential for the patient to make an effort to reduce the pressure over the affected area. In addition to avoiding inappropriate footwear, the daily wearing of an interdigital gel toe separator is the most effective way of achieving this.
Having removed the overlying corn, note the presence of a small ulcer.
|Toe separator||In-between the toes|
If the corn is removed at regular intervals (every 4-8 weeks) and compliance is achieved with regard to avoiding tight footwear, and particularly if patients are diligent in wearing the gel interdigital separators, then there are few corns in-between the toes that cannot be cured within a few appointments.
a) Apical Corns