After my post on the price of ingrown toenail surgery, I thought I'd touch on corn removal surgery cost.
A lot of you wonder about this. People assume that due to the pain, they're going to be super-expensive to banish.
You'll be relieved to hear this isn't the case! The vast majority will be walking with a spring in your step after one appointment.
But this doesn't mean you'll never have trouble with your corn again...
How Much Does Corn Removal Surgery Cost
What Is Corn Removal Surgery?
It's when a Podiatrist cuts out the stinging skin with a sterile scalpel. In the UK, US, Canada, Australia etc, corn removal surgery is the same procedure.
I don't mean full-blown foot surgery.
It doesn't usually need a local anesthetic. It may bleed a tiny bit, but nothing a small plaster won't handle.
If in doubt, check the many Youtube videos!
What Costs Are Involved in Corn Removal Surgery?
Cheap Corns To Remove
Hard corn, easy to remove. They're simple to see and it's obvious (to Podiatrists) why they're there.
A kernel of hard skin has grown inwards— we carve it out. Simples.
But for you, at home? To start, douse it in Flexitol. Then, keep pressure off it with a gel pad or corn cushion.
Seed corns come in clusters. But the good news is they're shallow and often don't even need scalpel removal.
They do need a good paddle file. You also need a quality foot cream. This has to include urea as an active ingredient.
(Out of all the brands, I prefer Gehwol mint for this. It's cooling, smells amazing and of course, softens)
Soft corns between toes can be trickier. They're usually smashed about by acid corn plasters with lots of dead skin to cut away.
The other thing about soft corn surgery is that they're dug in, far back, and in the creases of the toes. They also look a lot smaller than they actually are.
More Expensive Corns...
More Than One
This kind of goes without saying, some patients have lots of corns. These need time to take out one by one (unless it's seed corns, where you can often file 'n' cream).
In my experience though, it's usually one or two main culprits causing the bulk of the pain.
When It's Actually A Verruca or Wart
Even for Podiatrists, it can be near impossible to tell the difference 'tween a corn and a wart.
What looks like a hard corn will start spotting with blood. Or it will keep coming back after corn removal surgery.
The reason they can be more expensive is: if it's a verruca/wart, one treatment is not going to cure it.
These are rarer now fewer puff. They are an absolute nightmare when they're present though.
Painful and easy-to-bleed, smoker's corns need more time — even for experienced Podiatrists.
Smoker's corns need regular appointments quicker than normal. They come back fast and for as long as people keep smoking.
When You Need Regular Appointments
Even with the best will in the world, some patients need corn removal surgery. Theirs come back no matter what,no matter how good your Podiatrist is, or how well you stick to our advice!
Come-back corns are usually down to your shoes, toe position or some form of arthritis. Often a combination of all three.
Why Does My Corn Keep Coming Back?
Can I Do Corn Removal Surgery Myself?
When you watch corn removal on Youtube, you're watching skilled and experienced Pros.
True, it's not difficult to cut skin with a scalpel. What is difficult is knowing where to cut and when to stop. Apart from injuring yourself, you stand a good chance of leaving a big chunk of corn tissue in situ.
Or even worse, giving yourself scar tissue which even us Podiatrists can't cut out.
Don't let that put you off the above steps to make the gap between appointments longer though.
How To Cut Corn Removal Costs
If you need to go back and 'fore to your Podiatrist, then there's a few things you can do:
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).
I make no secret of the fact that I love corn surgery. For me, the trickier the better and nothing beats seeing a patient walk pain free.
Now believe it or not, most Podiatrists would rather not make corn removal surgery cost you the earth. To get you back in the chair every few weeks spending your hard-earned. You'll tell all your friends that we couldn't cure it.
I see it as a personal challenge to banish corns for good.