What is the Difference Between a Corn and a Bunion?

What is the Difference Between a Corn and a Bunion?

There are several differences between a corn and bunion.The most prominent of these is that a corn is essentially a skin related condition that may affect the nerves in the feet.A bunion conversely is a bone related condition that may ultimately irritate the skin.

A corn forms when skin on the top or bottom of the feet becomes callused.The callus can begin to push into the skin layers causing a sharp point that can jab at or irritate the nerves.This can cause pain when any pressure is exerted upon the corn.

Normal treatment for corn removal includes using a pumice stone to scrape off the corn.Some people also use corn pads, which help to "melt" the corn.However, people with diabetes should not undertake home treatment.They are greatly susceptible to foot infection and should have corns evaluated and treated by a physician.

A bunion occurs when one of the bones in the toes, normally the big toe, begins to grow in toward the other toes.This can be caused by wearing high-heeled, pointed shoes, but may also occur in people who wear relatively comfortable and roomy shoes.People with flat feet are more likely to develop bunions.Career ballet dancers may also be at greater risk from the unnatural position of the feet in toe shoes.Some medical research suggests this bone malformation may be in part genetically predetermined.

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