In shoes that squeeze, does every step pinch your pinkie toe?
Have you got hard skin there that hurts when you press down on it?
Do you get instant relief when you're free of footwear?
Sorry to break it to you, but you may be the owner of a corn on your pinky-toe. The little digit is prone to pick up them up.
They throb, oh do they throb, but they aren't too hard to get rid of — and keep away.
Corn On Pinky Toe: When The Rubber Meets The Road
Now, compared to the seed and soft varieties, I don't see corns on pinky-toes as much.
What's the reason for this foot corn enigma?
(Because contrary to what some believe, Welsh people do wear shoes).
It's because, for such a tiny part of your body, pinkie toes are incredibly resilient. They give you lots of early-warning signs...
Heed The Sore Toe Warning
New slippers compress the hell out of my foot. My big toes pinch. I can feel my little toes railroaded inwards against their will.
(I live such a crazy rock n' roll life).
But this is nothing compared to the feet I see squeezed from morning commute 'till night.
Your pinkie toe throbs and glows redder by the hour. It swells long after you're free of footwear and develops a shroud of pale, dry skin.
Hard Skin Diamonds
A certain M Monroe thought that diamonds are a girl's best friend.
But what if these gems are yellow, made of skin and embedded into your flesh?
Well, that's what corns are: a solid crystal of callus. They form when your skin is pressured into a tiny area.
And that's exactly what happens when your pinkie toe just can't take any more.
How To Tell If You Have a Pinky-Toe Corn
Pinky-toe corns aren't always bright and obvious. Sometimes they're see-through, like a tiny marble of clear skin.
This depends a lot on where they're located; they can appear up and down your little digit.
The trickiest ones to see are near your nail fold. Corns here are often translucent and sliver-thin (and not to be confused with an extra sixth nail)
One's top and center of your pinky-toe are often covered with a shroud of callus.
So how do you know if you've got a corn on pinky toe?
In a word: pain. You'll know it's there from the agony. Remember, it's a sunken plug of hard skin.
This means you literally won't be able to wear certain shoes. If it's deep enough, it'll hurt with a heavy bed sheet on it.
Corn on Pinky Toe Causes
A Corn is Born
Corns on your pinky toe are earned from tight shoes and your toe position.
Let's start with footwear: unforgiving shoe fabric one way, a block of four toes the other. The outside of your little foot finger scrapes with every step.
Your body senses stress and grows hard callus to fight the friction. The hard yellow skin buries in.
It's amazing how your digits contort when crammed in shoes. They're pushed back, up and sideways.
Over time, this stress makes your toe tendons short and tight. What was a part-time shoe gig becomes a permanent position.
They fuse into all sorts of crazy angles.
Retracted pinky toes are the biggest culprit for pinky-toe corns. Your little toe hooks back and stands proud.
This makes it rub hard and fast.
Corn on Pinky-Toe Removal
If it's shallow, you can remove a corn on pinky toe at home.
But what if it's not new and flat? What if it's deep and dug in?
Well, sometimes it does need a professional to carve it out.
Even then, the following steps will ease a lot of pain, and either stop or slow the corn from growing.
For Home Corn Removal, You'll Need:
Wider Shoes For Arrested Development
This is the most important change you can make.
Tight shoes caused the corn on your pinky-toe. Loose ones lessen it.
Ditch any shoes that remotely squeeze your toes — not just the ones that hurt.
Wear airy flip-flops as much as possible.
A removed pinky-toe corn will be back in weeks if you stick to the the pointy heels.
Foot Cream For Pinkie-Toe Corn Removal
The right foot cream can cure or pause most early foot corns. In a lot of cases, it can even remove them.
When I say "the right" cream, what I mean is one that contains Urea. This is the essential ingredient for anything related to foot skin health.
Gewhol Fusskraft Mint or Blue is what I use on my patients. It's easily the best pro-level foot cream on the market.
Apply it at least once a day, and let it soak in. In other words, after a shower or bath and don't slap socks straight on top.
You also need to put it on before you file...
So, we've created space with shoes.
When you put on the urea cream, it sunk deep and softened up all the painful skin.
Remember — they have a buried layer of hard skin. There's more than meets the eye underneath.
Obviously, it's not a good idea for you to do that.
So, the next best thing is to file them so that layer by layer, the hard skin diamond disappears.
The best foot files about are Gehwol pedicure files.
If all else fails, well, then we have corn plasters.
Corn Plasters For Corns on Pinky Toe?
If you use them the right way, corn plasters can remove pinky toe corns.
They contain salicylic acid, the same as in plantar wart treatments. They burn all the skin they're stuck to, including the actual corn.
It turns white, rubbery and flakes off.
In theory, anyway.
What tends to happen is that corn plasters are kept on for way too long.
You then get eye-watering chemical-burnt skin which hurts more than the original corn.
Corn Plaster Mistakes
The problem is that the manufacturers underplay (IMO) how fast they incinerate. They're also vague on how to actually remove the corn.
You wear it as advised, then take it off. But the corn hasn't gone, so you re-apply the plaster.
Ten days later, you wonder what to do with this new lump of soft rubber that used to be pink skin.
How to Use Corn Plasters (The Right Way)
The best (and safest) way to use corn plasters is to limit the time you use them. A few days of wear is enough.
Your skin will turn white; at this stage, take the plaster off and keep it off.
Then, carefully pick away any of the pale tissue. Get your emery board or pumice stone and smooth away any pale skin. Finish by slathering on urea foot cream.
Finally, leave the area to heal and breathe for a few days.
Women (Have Worse Feet Than Men)
Yep, and it's all down to those ballet-tight footwear.
Fashion is an integral part of your life. Society says so — like corsets.
But it's not only shoes and buying apparel online is a double-edged razor.
You can access stuff you'd never see down your McHigh Street for sweatshop prices.
Then it rocks up and looks (or fits) decidedly different from advertised.
If you've got Amazon Prime, use Try Before You Buy.
You can order six items (including shoes, kids and men's clothes) and cavort in front of a mirror trying them for 7 days. You only pay for what you decide to keep.
(Returns are free).
Corn On Pinky Toe: Pinky Toe Corn Removal
You can't change the way your pinky-toe sits. But you can change how much your shoes crush; and what you cover the toe with.
Once the pinky-toe corn is removed - home or in a clinic - file and moisturize it as regular as clockwork.
If you have to wear tight-fitting shoes, then use good quality corn pads (or gel sleeves).