A corn is a deformation that normally occurs on the toe, and can be painful and uncomfortable. The cause of corn formation the friction on the toe, which is usually due to the footwear one is wearing. Mild versions of corn can be treated by remedies available over the counter such as corn caps and other applications. However, if it persists, then a corn removal surgery is the only option. So, what all should you know about the surgical procedure to remove corn and the precautions to be taken, before and after the surgery? Read on.
The Surgery is a Minor One and Lasts about an Hour
The surgeon and his team would take around a little more than an hour. So, most clinics would conduct the surgery for removal of corns in the day-care clinics. Hence, you can avoid getting admitted into the hospital and going through the rigors. The clinic and the surgeon would give you advice on things to be done and avoided on the day of the surgery or leading to the date of the surgery. This would include taking stock of any medication you are already being administered, and which ones are to be stopped and which to continue.
If you are a diabetic and on regular drugs /insulin, then the process itself would be different and many of the common procedures adopted during any surgery would have to be altered to make it safe for the surgery to be initiated. Administering anaesthesia to patients with diabetes can only be done after constant monitoring of the person’s blood sugar levels.
In most cases of corn removal surgery, a local anaesthesia will only be administered so that the foot, and the area where the surgery is to be carried out go numb. Some surgeons may prefer to give a dose of sedatives to the patients so that they could be put to sleep as the surgery is being conducted. Depending on the particular situation, general anaesthesia can also be resorted to.
Post Surgical Care
Under normal circumstances, the effect of the anaesthesia wears off after a while and once the feeling returns to your foot, you will definitely feel some pain or some burning sensation of both. It is normal, and as far as possible, you need to keep the operated foot from coming under any pressure. If the pain is unbearable, the doctor will prescribe a pain killer.
At least for a week or two, you cannot wear a shoe or any tight-fitting footwear. In extreme cases, lying flat and keeping the foot above the level of the heart, and a recuperative period of 6 to 12 weeks are also reported. However, these could be the exceptions and not the rule.
All Time Care of Foot Essential
If you wish to stay away from corns and the prospect of undergoing a corn removal surgery, as above looks threatening, then take care of your feet on a regular basis. Avoid wearing tight shoes or toe cramping footwear. Keep the feet washed and clean the gaps between the fingers and the toes, and apply a moisturising lotion to keep the skin from becoming too dry.