Similarly to when treating a hard corn, the first step in the treatment of a soft corn is to remove all of the surrounding dead skin using a scalpel. Being careful and using a scalpel, a podiatrist can separate the soft white tissue from the healthy tissue. This is made slightly easier because, as opposed to the skin being hard, it is macerated by the sweat and fluid from your feet.
When your feet sweat, moisture has a tendency to build up around your toes; when your toes then begin to rub against each other to cause the corns, you will often find release from the pain by using a toe separator.
A toe separator helps to hold the toes apart from one another, allowing the sweat to evaporate rather than build up and cause further problems in your feet.
As a part of the treatment for soft corns, a podiatrist or chiropodist will allow the patient to watch while we carefully clean and dry the skin of the feet, the toes and the web spaces in between. In addition, we will apply surgical spirit, which is a cleaning and sterilising alcohol. When applied to the skin and left to evaporate, it will dry the skin cells and sterilise the area in which it is applied.