Corns on the feet don’t have roots

Corns are a common disorder on the foot. They are a natural reaction to pressure as the skin thickens up to protect itself from that pressure. At some stage the process goes wrong and gets so thick that it's painful. There's a unrelenting myth that corns have roots that they carry on growing back from when you try and take them out. This is like the analogy of plants which re-grow from their roots if you cut the top of the plants off. That analogy continues to be applied to corns because they keep growing back, however they don't have roots to grow back from.

Corns develop from pressure and a skilled podiatric doctor can simply eliminate a corn. However, after the corn is removed if the pressure that caused it is still there then, obviously, it is going to come back. It develops back because the cause remains rather than because the podiatrist left a root there for it to grow back from. That pressure could be from a poor fitting shoe or from something like a claw toe or bunion that leads to greater pressure on an area. If the corn is underneath the foot, then the cause is increased pressure on the spot where the corn is, probably because of the way you walk.

The myth is persistant given that they do come back, so its important to get rid of the cause at the same time the corn is removed. There is absolutely no root to be taken out. This means that the pressure over the foot where the corn has been really needs to be decreased or removed. This can involve issues like using better fitting footwear or the use of padding to get pressure off the location where the corn is. Sometimes surgery can be required to the bone beneath the corn to remove the pressure. If that cause is not eliminated or decreased then the corn will come back, so it will be easy to understand where the myth regarding corn roots derives from.