This short video discusses corns, a common toe problem that's characterized by localized areas of skin thickening. In this video, Dr. Ray McClanahan, a sports podiatrist at Northwest Foot and Ankle and the inventor of Correct Toes, explains that there are two types of corns: soft corns (which occur between the toes) and hard corns (which occur on the outside aspects of the toes). Both types of corns, notes Dr. Ray, are caused by the pinch forces associated with the tapering toe boxes found in conventional footwear. Conventional care for corns usually involves trimming them off with a scalpel, a process that needs to be repeated once the corn inevitably comes back (assuming no change in footwear). Sometimes surgery is performed to remove bone. A natural, conservative approach to corns, on the other hand, involves using Correct Toes and foot-healthy footwearto encourage natural toe splay and prevent contact between the toes. A pumi bar, along with Dr. Swaim's CalluSTOP, can also be helpful in reducing thick skin on the foot and toes.
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Dr. Marty Hughes is a chiropractic physician, or DC. He received his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC), now known as the University of Western States (UWS). Dr. Marty has always been interested in foot health, due to the connection between the feet and the spine. He has worked as a freelance writer for LiveStrong.com, for whom he contributed over 2,200 health-and-fitness articles. He is a co-founder of Natural Footgear and an ardent supporter of natural foot care approaches. Dr. Marty enjoys road cycling, hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing as well as exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina.