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Corn Removal Surgery Procedure

Corn surgery is most efficient of all methods in giving a permanent solution and relief from pain caused by corns. It is effective in getting rid of the friction, pressure and any other uncomfortable sensations. Corn removal surgery procedure may be necessary where the corns are severe. This is mostly caused by pressure being exerted on the area of the corn by something else which cannot be treated by normal corn treatments.

Corn surgery shaves down part of the bone causing pressure thus leading to formation of corns. Other deformities that cause corns can also be corrected using surgery. The nature of removal surgery conducted is determined by the severity of the condition and the degree of structural misalignment. Some of these are as follows.

  • The simplest involves removal of corn with no bone work done. Realignment surgery is not necessary in this one and healing is first and takes between 10-14 days.
  • In other instances, surgery is conducted together with tendon lengthening. This procedure involves the stretching of tendons to allow for the toes to attain a normal posture in case they were abnormally elevated and thus contributing to formation of corns.
  • In cases of bone deformity, the surgical process is aimed at correcting this. During the procedure, the doctor makes an incision on top of the toe that is affected mostly the fifth toe. To allow exposure of the head of the proximal phalanx bone, ligaments in the toe are freed.  This is then cut and taken away.

Where the toe is curled, the tendons at the bottom of the toe are released to allow the toe to straighten up. Depending on the situation, a small incision could be made at the base of the fourth toe. This will smooth the region. Where a toe is too long, more ligaments are removed to shorten it up.

  • In some cases, damage arising from soft corns is so severe that fixing the bone problem is not sufficient to heal the affected area. This normally happens when the skin in between the toes is extremely damaged. When this is the case, the skin between the toes that is damaged has to be eliminated.

When this is the case, a procedure known as syndactylism is carried out. It involves getting rid of the damaged skin in between the toes. Mostly the fourth and fifth are the ones that are affected. Once this has been done, the two toes are sewn together. While this may be drastic, there is no loss of the foot’s functions experienced.



Foot Corn Removal Surgery

At times, foot corn removal surgery will require a forefoot reconstruction to be carried out. In such cases, the surgery is complex and meant to correct severe deformity. It involves cutting bones and re positioning them. A complex re-balancing of soft tissues and tendons is required as well.

Toe Corn Removal Surgery

Toe corn removal surgery involves correcting toe deformities as well as removing soft corn tissues. Correcting these deformities helps to get rid of the root cause of the corn. It is a great way of providing pain relief permanently for recurring corns.


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