What is a soft corn between toes

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What is a soft corn between toes?


A Corn is a build up of skin caused by friction or pressure mostly from shoes.

A hard corn and soft corn between toes normally appears when you wear too tight shoes or boots,

Your feet are pushed and squashed together causing the toes to rub each other as you walk.

Its the action of movement and confined space in the shoes that cause corns to form.

Soft corn in between toes are SOFT because your toes are tight against each other,

The skin sweats and air ventilation between the toes is limited, this then causes the skin to become clammy and wet.

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Soft corns between the toes look very different to hard corns which look like a circular hard pin head.

The white circle around the corn is wet sweaty skin and the callous is sunken.

Its the soft white skin that makes it so hard to remove the corn with a scalpel so hardening the soft corn always helps to remove it quicker.

How to treat soft corns

As a Foot Health Practitioner i must admit is hate soft corns they are trickier to treat then hard corns which are just lumps of hard skin.

The problems you face treating soft corns

  •  Getting access to the soft corn
  •  Removing the entire corn
  •  Preventing bleeding
  •  Infections

Home Remedies for treating corns

These are the best treatments i can recommend you try at home but you may need your partner or a friend to help!

  1. Compeed Gel Corn Plasters
  2. Animal Wool
  3. Gel Separators
  4. Corn Wraps
  5. Surgical spirit


Do you notice on my list i have not listed ACID CORN PLASTERS! which is what most people use when trying to remove corns.

This is because they cause more damage then good to the skin.

The plaster which contains salicylic acid is applied to the toe,

10 minutes later your feet begin to get warm and the plaster moves and you feel discomfort and burning.

This is because the corn plaster has moved and is now burning your healthy soft skin.

 

 

Corns on toes OMG Don’t Worry try this for the best results

Corns on toes Don’t Worry try these Chiropody Expert Tips

You don’t need to struggle with corns and callus on your toes.

Using simple and effective treatments easily available will soon have your corns on toes gone and the pain will be a distant memory.

Im not a big fan of the schools corn express kit! and i believe you can remove the corn 8/10 time yourself without seeing a foot professional if you just do these simple things first.

1/ Use a Gel Compeed plaster to remove the core

2/ Soften the corn or callus using petroleum kelly – Vaseline

3/Wear a Corn wrap everyday to protect and prevent the corn returning

What is a corn?

  • Hard Skin and Callus
  • Dead rough hardened skin
  • Caused by friction & pressure
  • Tight or loose shoes – your feet rubbed or move about to much
  • Hammer toes or bent or clawed toes tops rub in top of shoes
  • Soft corns appear in in-between the toes
  • Hard corns appear on the outside especially the little toe
  • Corns do not spread like warts
  • Corns are painful and often feel like a sharp needle is being dug in
  • Corns on toes are either hard  soft or seed corns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 7 Best Podiatry Clinics In London You Can Visit In Your Lunch Break

The 7 Best Podiatry Clinics In London – You Can Visit In Your Lunch Break

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When time is a restriction and your feet are in desperation to be attended too then check our our guide to the Best Podiatry Clinics in London that you can visit in your lunch break.

Podiatry Clinics in London will offer a full medical menu of foot health related treatments including:

Toe Nail Trimming
Warts & Verruca
Fungal Nail Treatment
Hard Skin  & Callus Removal
Diabetes Care
Flat Feet And Arch Pain Advice
Orthotic Insoles
Corns and Callus removal
Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spur Pain

At some point in our lives visits to the podiatrist or chiropodist will be a regular occurrence, Personally i see having my feet looked after by a professional as necessary fixture in my calendar.

Just like going to the Physio and Hairdresser!.

If you stand all day on your feet or do a lot of walking for work you may find that your feet suffer from hard skin, corns and thick toenails.

By visiting a foot health professional your feet can be medically and expertly treated for a multiply conditions including just good basic foot care hygiene, diabetes, poor circulation, arthritis, sports injuries.

3 Podiatry Products That You Must Own For Smooth & Healthy Feet

3 podiatry products your feet need

Best Podiatry ProductsWhat It DoesWhen To Use It
Scholls Pedi Callus RemoverExfoliates Hard Skin On Heels + Polishes Skin Silky Smooth1- 2 times a week
Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak With Epsom SaltSoothing Foot Soak Softens Skin And Corns, Bacteria Soak Treats Athletes Foot & Fungus1 X Week
Gehwol Blue Foot BalmDaily Foot Cream Moisturises , prevents foot odour, infections.
Softens Skin, Diabetic Safe.
Every Day

A podiatry clinic in london normally offers appointments in 20-30 minute sessions, allowing plenty of time for a visit in you lunch break.

Private health cover?

Some Podiatry clinics accept private health insurance such as AXA and Bupa so if you require more than an average foot health appointment you may be able to claim.

Patients like to visit a podiatry clinic  every 6-8-12 weeks depending on their feet and and medical conditions they have.

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Find a Podiatrist  Tool

The SCPOD “Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists” have a tool that will allow you to search on their database for accredited Podiatrists who are members of the SCPOD .

Click Here to find your local podiatrist here :>>>  Find My Local Podiatry Clinic

 

Podiatrist London Price List

What can you expert to pay for a 20-40 minute Podiatry Clinic Visit in Central London?

Well it will vary on the treatments you require of course but a basic podiatry visit will vary between £45-75.

Locally in Clinics in the suburbs the average Podiatry / Chiropody Appointments cost £27- £45 for 30-45 minutes.

If you require more medical treatments including Verruca and Wart Removal Prices start at £240 for Cryosurgery to freeze the verruca away.

Ingrown Toenail Surgery starts at £325 as a local anesthetic is needed and follow up appointments.

Foot mapping and Foot Analysis diagnoses your foot and discovers unusual movements, muscle and tendon weakness, pore posture , stress areas.  Prices start fro £45 for a 15 minute analysis.

If you suffer from weak arches, plantar fasciitis , flat feet, running injuries or trauma it is a excellent way to diagnose the injury site to determine the type of orthotic insoles you require or before making custom made orthotics for your feet.

Some local authorities do still offer NHS Podiatry Services including Diabetic Care, Nail Surgery and Bunion Removal.

Due to cost cutting only a small amount of areas now offer FREE Podiatry .

You can be referred to a NHS Podiatrist via your local GP or a Foot Health Professional will be able to do a consultation and referral letter which makes getting a referral to the NHS a lot easier that going straight to your Doctor.

 

#1 The London Foot Clinic

27 Harley St, London W1G 9QP, United Kingdom
Nearest Tube: Bond St/ Oxford St.
www.thelondonfootclinic.co.uk


Specialists in foot and ankle injuries, ingrown toenail surgery , heel pain. Bunion surgery.
They have Podiatrists, Podiatry Surgeons, Sports Medicine Doctors.
Bonus: They offer video consultations

#2 The London Podiatry Centre
 3 Courthill Rd, London SE13 6DN
Nearest Tube Oxford St/ Lewisham
www.thelondonpodiatry.com

Specialise in Orthotic Insoles and Sports Injuries and Gait Analysis. Run My Dr Ron Mcclough he also has a clinic in Harley Street.
Bonus: Custom made insoles

#3 The Walk In Clinic London
64 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7JF
Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge

Good walk in centre near Harrods although booking is defiantly recommended for lunch breaks.
Specialise in common foot problems and day to day chiropody services.
Bonus: Parking nearby and wheelchair access.

#4 City Chiropody
www;citychiropody.com

5 Clinics / Barbican, Fenchurch st, Gresham St, Canary Wharf E14, South Kensington.

Specialists in Verruca removal , Ingrown toenails, Corns and Callus removal. Diabetic advice, Sports injuries.
Bonus: Swift verruca removal treatments

#5 Feet By Pody
www.feetbypody.com
L
ondon Wellness – Port East Building, 14 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AF .

Located in Canary Wharf in the London Wellness Centre,  Foot Care Service offering Toe Nail Trimming, Callus and Corn removal , Hard Skin, Verruca, Nail Fungus .
Bonus: 4 Other locations available.

 

Resources : Podiatry Clinics In London

Diabetes Care – Visit www.diabetes.org
Society Of Chiropodists and Podiatrists – Find an accredited Podiatrist in your area.

How To Clean A Pumice Stone In Just 3 Minutes

How To Clean A Pumice Stone

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An essential to all bathrooms is a pumice stone!  But how many have you seen in peoples bathrooms and they look nasty the pores get blocked up and looks like it could do with throwing away!.

I think most people chuck out their pumice stones before they need to probably because they do not know how to clean a pumice stone in the first place!

It actually is very easy and can be done in just a few minutes.

I use a Cuccio Earth Lava Pumice Stone which i love and i purchased mine on Amazon as i find they have the best price.

I usually replace it every 6-9 months just because I’m a hygiene freak but to be honest they can last much longer!.

Especially if you clean it!.

How to clean a pumice stone … Follow these easy steps

1: Grab these items

1 X old toothbrush
Washing up liquid or Body wash
Latex gloves (optional)
Miltons Tablet for anti bacterial cleaning (optional)

Instructions

I personally always put a pair or latex disposable gloves on too but totally optional here!.

Hold the pumice under warm water for 10-15 seconds just to soften the pumice bar ,

Apply 2-3 drops of washing up liquid or body wash onto the pumice then grab the toothbrush and begin gently scrubbing the pumice in circular movements.

Keep the pumice under running warm water whilst you do this.

The pumice will begin lathering up and you will very quickly see the discolouration disappearing and the pumice looking spanking clean just like new!.

It is that simple.

Do not scrub the pumice too hard as you may cause the pores in the pumice stone to split and crack.   You do not want sharp or jagged edges which you may hurt yourself on when you next use it.

For an alternative cleaning option for you pumice stone is to soak it in a warm bowl of water  for 10 minutes and add a miltons tablet which are sterilising tablets and soak.

This is how i would clean a pumice stone if you or a family member had a bacterial or fungal infection or plantar wart.

So here you have the two effective ways how to clean a pumice stone in minutes,

No more excuses to have dirty look pumice stones in your bathrooms guys!

But if you think you pumice stone has had it here are
my favourite Best Sellers on Amazon Right Now!

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How I Cure My Dry Feet

I recently found the following video which i found really beneficial for a curing dry feet. It from Irisvlogging who has a youtube channel which you can view here

If you feet are in desperate need to be freshened up before a night out try this super quick treatment to cure dry feet.

It quickly rehydrates and moisturises the skin amazing well.

What you are going to need:

  1. Soap & Water
  2. Foot Exfoliating scrub / or Body Scrub
  3. Pedi Stone/Brush File
  4. Plain yohurt
  5. Plastic Wrap
  6. Socks
  • Wash your feet in soap and water.
  • Grab a Pedi Stone/Brush File And with the brush first scrub the heels to the toes.
  • With the pumice stone gently file the feet in a circular motion
  • Rinse
  • With the Emery file scrub go over the feet and heels
  • Use the exfoliating scrub and wash the feet and any loose skin away.
  • Rinse and Dry the feet well with towel.
  • Grab the yoghurt and cover the soles of the feet.
  • Wrap the feet using plastic food wrap.
  • Put on a pair of socks
  • LEAVE for minimum 15 minutes ideally 20-1hour for maximum effects.

I hope you have found this information helpful and your pumice stone is going to be given a new leash of life !.

Leave me a comment or question below if you need any more help !

Zara MAFHP MCFHP
Foot Pain Relief Expert

 

 

Newtons Chiropody Sponge Review : The Magic Hard Skin Remover

Newtons Chiropody Sponge Review

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The Magic of Newtons Foot Therapy Chiropody Sponge is a not a secret in the Podiatry & Chiropody Industry.

This very effective and inexpensive pumice sponge will smooth the hardest, driest, roughest feet and heels out there including my sisters feet which are nasty!

She used it twice and couldn’t believe how much better they looked and felt baby soft !

If you struggle to keep hard skin at bay on your feet especially your heels you will be very pleasantly surprised how good your feet feel and look after using a Newtons Chiropody Sponge.

Why Buy A Newtons Chiropody Pumice Sponge?

Any one who has hard skin on their feet!

Maybe you are going on holiday and want to neaten up your heels before wearing flip flops!

If your feet and heels are painful because of the hard skin build up, and i use one on my bunion joint where i get a callous from the friction as i walk from shoes.

  • Inexpensive and very effective tool to remove hard skin.
  • If you suffer from hard, rough and cracked heels.
  • Easier to use then a foot file and stronger callus remover.
  • Podiatry & Chiropody recommended tool.
  • Polishes and smooths feet like a Pedicure Salon treatment! no more visits to the salon required.
  • The sponge takes seconds to use so a quick solution if you are in a hurry.
  • If you suffer from callus and corns the sponge will remove the excess callous.
  • Bunions with hard skin on the joint is easily removed.

Where can you buy a Newtons Chiropody Sponge?

The best place is at Greens Pharmacy on Amazon UK ,they also have multi buy deals and offer free postage and packaging promotions.

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Boots and Lloyds Chemist used to but do not stock them anymore.
You may also find a smaller local chemist may stock newtons chiropody sponges too.

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The sponge is 7cm long x 5cm wide x 1.cm depth, it is very neat and can fit into a wash bag if you are going on holiday.

I recently came across a forum discussing Newtons Chiropody Sponges which you may find helpful to read : Mumsnet

Newtons Chiropody Pumice Sponge Instructions for the best results.

To get the perfect salon pedicure smooth heels simply follow the instruction on the packaging of the Newtons Chiropody Sponge.

But many reviews on Amazon.co.uk recommend that you soak your feet first and use soap to soften,  some testimonials advice you to rub the sponge on a bar of soap too.

Holding the  sponge and apply with some pressure to the hard skin in circular movements.

This chiropody sponge is very strong pumice and will remove layers of your hard skin. And leaves the heels really smooth and polished.

*** Warning ***

As you use the sponge in a circular motion you will see the dead skin falling off!

You can over use the pumice and do damage to your skin if you file to hard, and some reviews have commented on soreness redness and bleeding.

The Pros and Cons Of Using A Newtons Sponge

The sponge comes with full instructions on how to use it.
Feedback from customers is that they find the most effective way is to use it after soaking your feet in warm water.

  • Some customers say buy using soap they get a more polished and smoother finish.
  • The hard skin when filed down looks amazing and feels super soft just like a salon treatment.
  • Newtons sponges are strong and lasts for ages and are very effective way of removing thick hard skin.

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The only issues you may get with a chiropody sponge include:

  • Over use may cause soreness and bleeding.
  • Sponge may fall apart if you are too rough.
  • Leaves black grit after use in the bath or shower.

Overall the pros over come the cons of the Newtons Chiropody Sponge, if you read the instructions it states not be too rough with the sponge as it could fall apart.

Also i`d like to think its common sense that if you scrubbed your feet to an inch of their life that they may become sore and red!.

Newtons Foot Therapy Products Range

The Chiropody sponge is just one of the newtons foot therapy products that are available to buy.

The product range also has a foot scrub and foot cream which I have also used and found benefit for my feet.

The Foot Pumice Scrub particularly excellent in my opinion.

It is the best exfoliating foot scrub i have tried.  I use it only my patients feet and they all comment on the smooth polished their feet feel.

The cream is so so and i personally use Gehwol Blue on my patients feet which is a rich creamy foot cream it hydrates , softens and is antibacterial.

Foot creams need to be thick and i have found most high street creams and the avon range is to thin and does not penetrate the dry and hard skin.

Final Thoughts

Overall I can’t see why you would not buy a Newtons Chiropody Sponge for your hard skin.  It is very inexpensive to buy and I have found the  best stockist deals on Amazon plus they offer free shipping.

If you are looking for an alternative option to remove hard callus on your feet the electric callus removers on the market including the Wet and Dry Scholls Pedi file over a less messy treatment, plus they have a safety cut off so you can not cause soreness to your skin.

Read Related Post : Best Electric Callus Removers Reviews

So if you have a wedding or a holiday coming up and need a quick fix and you haven’t got time to go to your local pedicure salon,

i would defiantly recommend you use one on your feet if you suffer from hard rough heels.

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Save money and buy more than one sponge not only will you save money you will definitely use them.

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The 5 Best Corn Removers Reviews For Under $10

The 5 Best Corn Removers –
You Can Use For Under $10

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Getting rid of corns on your toes does not have to be challenging or a painful experience.

And choosing the best corn removers for your toes can be broken down leaving you to choose one of the these 5 podiatry recommend products,

That will not only remove the painful corn but restore the skin back to normal and prevent any further corns coming back.

The 5 Best Corn Removers that i use are (in no particular order)

  • CREAM -Pickles Foot Ointment
  • Salicylic Acid –  based topical treatment
  • Animal /Chiropody Wool – Old fashioned by effective lambs wool you wrap around the toes.
  • Strong Gel Plasters – Compeed corn plasters
  • Toe Support -Corn Toe Wraps /Toe Protector

The great thing about all these treatments are that they all cost under $10 and they all work a treat.

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Learning how to stop corns in the first place is a good place to start.

It may be as simple as changing your shoes regularly, I like boots but often their pointed shape creates a corn on my little toe.

So to make sure i do not get a corn to often i wear a compeed plaster and i make sure i do not wear the boots to many days running.

Why do you get corns on your toes?

Corns appear on toes because of friction and pressure.
Usually its because your toes are being pushed into the toe box area like when you wear high heels or because of new tight fitting shoes that cause friction as you walk.

  • Corns are treatable and do not return when caused by footwear.

You may also be more prone to corns on your toes if you suffer from a bunion, hammer toe, or clawed toes.

  • Corns will return even when they are removed , but pain can be prevented and the growth of the corns slowed down by using a corn remover product.

I personally believe the best way to get rid of a corn on your toe when you get one is to either:

a) Use a Corn Wrap / Toe Protector.
b) Compeed Plaster.

Lets get into more detail about the best corn removers for under $10 you can use and get instant relief for your toes.

Cream

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The only cream i know specifically for corns is Pickles.

This ointment contains salicylic acid (50%).

 

Im not a big fan of using acid on corns or warts but it is a effective and fast treatment that will get rid of corns.

Pros
Thick ointment easy to apply daily,  usually cures corns in around 3-4 weeks.

The ointment builds up and then It peels the corn layers off after each application and is good for larger corns and callus under the foot.

Cons
Salicylic acid burns and if applied to normal healthy skin will burn and will cause damage to the skin.

Be very careful not to burn your skin.

Picks is a slow treatment 3-4 weeks.

I personally wouldn’t use Pickles on soft corns in between the toes because it will burn like hell ! Use a Compeed plaster instead.

Topical Treatments

best corn removers

Topical corn removal treatments include Cuplex .

Cuplex is gel application which also contain salicylic acid and lactic acid , it comes in a 5g tube.

It is applied once a day, and also good for hard corns, verruca and plantar warts.

It is water resistant so you can shower daily.

Pros

Duplex is a well known Chiropody product in the UK and is an excellent choice for small hard corns and callus on the foot.

Only One application a day is needed and no plaster is required as the gel forms a gel protective layer of the corn.

Cons
Salicylic acid is extremely abrasive so i would recommend you apply vaseline around the area of the corn before application,

this will protect the healthy skin from being burnt.

Its a little tricky and messy to apply from a fine pointed tube.
So you may need assistance to apply the product in the correct spot.

Chiropody Wool

best corn removers

Old fashioned Chiropody  Lambs wool or now adays known it is known as Animal wool.

Chiropody wool looks like cotton wool but it is abrasive.

Lams wools has been used for decades to protect the toes in shoes by dancers and athletes.

Lambs wool matts and can be moulded around the toes or pushed into the toe box area of shoes.

It prevents friction and pressure from high shoes and prevents corns returning and forming in the first place.  I love chiropody wool and use it daily on my patients feet.

Pros

  • Chiropody wool is not going to cause any additional pain like acid and cream treatments.  It is a proven Chiropody treatment for corns and is very effective and prevents friction.
  • It can be moulded around toes and matts in place and can be used multiple times.  A very in-expensive corn removal product.

Cons

  • Not ideal for corns on the little toe or bunionette joint but perfect choice for soft corns in between the toes and corns on hammer or clawed toes.

Gel Corn Plasters

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I have used Compeed plasters for the past 7 years on my patients corns and also my own corn which i got because of a new pair of boots ,

and in desperation whilst out in London i purchased a pack of Compeed Corn Plasters which instantly solved the pain and pressure.

Compeed plasters are a strong gel Hydrocolloidal plasters, you can apply to any corn types soft and hard on any toes.

The great thing about Compeed corn plasters is that you leave them on for 3-5 days they are waterproof,

and when you remove the plaster it draws the core of the corn out with it.

  • Pros
    They instantly stop pain from corns.  The clear gel is discreet and once applied to the toe is invisible and very comfortable.
  • I believe these are the best corn removers to buy.
  • Instantly stops pain.Cons
  • They are incredibly sticky and have protective wrapping on both sides of the plaster so they can be tricky removing the packaging.
  • Crazy but be careful as you can easily waste a plaster. They come in packs of 6 usually.

 

Toe Supports/ Corn Wraps

best corn removers

Corn Wraps cushion, protect and stops pressure from footwear.

They are very easy to use you simply pull them onto the toe that need protecting.

Perfect choice for toes that need full time protection maybe hammer toes, arthritic toes, clawed toes.

Pros

  • Washable and reusable cushion pads
  • Very in-expensive
  • Protects and cushions toes idea for runners or people that play a lot of sport.

Cons

  • If you find it hard to bend and reach your toes they are not ideal
  • Cannot be left on 24 hours a day as they will soften the skin too much.

My final opinion

For me when i suffered from a hard corn on my little toe from a pair of new boots, i can still remember the pain corns on toes cause!.

I needed a instant pain relief so i could keep walking and continue with my day out and the Compeed Plasters for me solved my problem instantly.

But if you suffer from corns because of the biomechanics of your feet from bunions, injuries, hammer toes, clawed toes then i would recommend you protect your toes on a daily basis.

This will prevent the corns causing you pain and prevent reoccurring corns to become large and infected and very very painful!.

So its well worth testing out a couple of products on my best corn removers list and find a product that suits your toes.

And for under $10 they defiantly do not break the bank.

I hope you have enjoyed my review and have found value here, i would appreciate you liking this post on social media and share with your friends.

If you have a question or comment please leave one below and i will answer you back.

Zara Butti MAFHP MCFHP
Foot Pain Relief Expert