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what causes rid a corn on the pinkie toe?

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Dr. John Callahan
Podiatry 24 years experience
Arthroplasty: The best way to never have one again is to see a podiatrist and have a simple in office procedure called a arthroplasty. This is where the head of the proximal phalanx is removed hence forever removing the pressure point which causes the lesion to occur.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
First steps: File it down and apply Vicks vapor rub to make it softer. Once fully down, use wider shoes to relieve pressure. Corns/calluses form from moisture, pressure, and repetitive sheer force. To relieve moisture, use spray deodorant daily on feet. If all else fails, then see your doctor for other means. The very last option is surgery. Good luck! hope this helps.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
See a podiatrist: Corns are callouses on the toes and are caused mainly by shoe irritation over a period of time. They can just be trimmed by a podiatrist, but will usually come back. The real cause is bony enlargement or malpositioning of the toe. There is a real simple surgery to smooth off the underlying bone and the corn should go away permanently. You can also have your shoes stretched or wear wider shoes.

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Last updated May 24, 2019

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