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Health Tip: Causes of Corns

How to prevent the painful foot condition

(HealthDay News) -- Corns are small bumps that develop on the top or sides of the toes, often because you've worn shoes that rub those toes the wrong way.

Corns are not a serious condition, but they can be painful.

Here are common causes of corns, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Having a deformity of the toe, such as a hammer toe.
  • Wearing high heels that pinch the toes or put pressure on the ball of the foot.
  • A seam inside a shoe rubbing on the toes.
  • Poorly fitting socks that allow pressure or friction on the toes.
  • Shoes that are too tight or too loose.
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