Ah, pinky-toe pain.
It can be from something mundane like chafing, to the more exotic e.g. an accessory toenail.
Hard corns happen here, too.
But there's another, more hateful, explanation. One that'll force you to switch your Fendi's for flip-flops.
(Or how about toilet roll 'tween your toes or slippers 24/7? I've seen both).
I am, of course, referring to the infamous soft corn aka heloma molle.
And if you ID one early, you can save an expensive visit to the Podiatrist.
Smoker's corns are notoriously difficult to treat. Surgeons often refuse to operate on these neurovascular corns.
There's next to no medical literature why they're so different (to normal corns.)
There's debate in the Podiatry world about whether they actually exist (they do).
They cause exquisite pain, bleed — and come back much faster than normal.
If I had a dollar (or pound) every time I hear:
"I think I've got a wart on my foot, but it may be a corn".
"I've filed this bit of skin on my foot for months, and it's not going".
A corn vs wart can be tough to tell, one of the many types of each causes sole of your foot pain.
And a positive ID is crucial to get rid of it — for ever.
So how do you know?
Here are five quick ways to tell the difference (or at least lead you in the right direction!)
The life of a Podiatrist isn't all glitz and glamor. It's not all wrecked shellac nails and Taylor Swift's bunions.
Foot corns are my bread and butter — and a huge source of bottom of foot pain.
Now, these pictures of corns are what I see every day.
I also get asked a ton: What does a corn look like after it's removed?
(You know when you take a stone out of your foot after hiking? Like that)
So to satisfy demand that I didn't know existed, here are some foot corn images.
I've also added some before and after pictures of corns on feet.
A toe hangnail you get as regular as utility bills.
An accessory toenail that regenerates no matter how many times you rip it out.
You cut it back, it grows back. You yank it out and its spiky little head rears again.
This vexatious little nail flourishes on the outside of your little toe. Most aren't sure what they are (including quite a lot of Podiatrists).
How do you get rid of this PITA split pinky toenail? And what the hell is a Lister Corn?
Do you always get bad cracked heels in the winter?
Or have pale grey splits only appeared during this cold snap?
Ragged dry skin that catches your socks isn't just a warm-weather thing. The crisp frosty mornings can coincide with piercing heel pain and thick yellow callus.
Though often painful and unsightly, this condition is easily treated.
Ah, seed corns, those picky little plugs of ingrown skin.
Now being a Podiatrist is never dull. One minute, I'm looking at fungal shellac nails.
The next I'm straining to see the evil sesame's aka seed corns.
Seed corns are caused by dry friction — and often appear as a cluster. They can be tough to tell from plantar warts.
Now for some, they're an occasional nuisance. But for others, seed corns equal a stab pain every step.
(Oh btw, they can also be the beginning of big, badder corns).
But now for the good news: compared to other corns, the seed variety are way easier to home cure.
This means with a bit of patience you can save a fortune going to see a podiatrist.