Corns on the toes can be quite painful. These are a result of an excessive amount of pressure on that area of the toes and the epidermis just thickens up to safeguard itself, then becomes so thick that it can be then painful. The sources of that greater force are numerous and may be because of a bone deformity, a claw toe or a bunion. A competent podiatrist can certainly remove a corn, but if the pressure which brought about the corn remains, then it's probably going to keep coming back. To find the best outcomes long term, the reason behind the corn must be determined and that cause removed. At times that may need surgery to correct the underlying bone or toe disability. Other times that might require the wearing of cushioning for pressure off loading from the corn. Generally, a vast improvement in the fit of shoes are the most effective methods for getting force off a corn.
One way to self treat corns should be to take off the force. There are protecting pads which you can use like the toe foams. They are a soft foam made of polyurethane with a cloth lining. They come in lengthier tubes so that you or the podiatrist can cut these to the desired length to place over a toe to cushion and shield it. Some of the toe foams have a doubled thicker area on one side to get more protection. They generally tend to be used more in the short to medium terms because they are soft, they are not that resilient. If they are beneficial and require to be used more in the long term chances are they are going to need to get replaced often. Generally go over your choices with the podiatrist to determine the things they suggest as what they believe are your better options in the long run.