Dress Shoes: Avoiding Corns on a Big Night Out

It's time for that night out you've been waiting for. You couldn’t be more excited – you’ve taken great pains and got the perfect dress, the right make-up, dressed up your hair…but wait. What about your shoes? Are your feet ready for a night of dancing and partying? Uncomfortable stiff shoes, or flattering but painful high heels, can take their toll on your feet if they're rarely worn. Avoid that throbbing, painful feeling and prepare your feet, and your shoes, with our tips to prevent corns when dressing up for the big night out.

What is a corn?

Corns are areas of hard skin on your feet that can cause a throbbing, painful sensation when you walk around or are standing for long periods, especially when you are wearing new shoes that your feet aren't used to, or high heels. Basically, the hard skin hurts when weight or pressure is applied to it. Corns are shaped like an inverted cone with the interior "point" often pressing on nerve endings, which may cause pain and discomfort, making it uncomfortable to walk, especially in tight shoes such as high heeled pumps. There is often an area of callus/hard skin overlying the corn.

Why do I have them?

Corns are caused by constant friction and pressure on weight bearing areas of your foot. If your feet are bony, you can be prone to corns as there isn't much natural cushioning (provided by the flesh) in your feet to protect them from day to day pressure. You can even have a bunion, where the joint of the big toe sticks outwards. Otherwise, they can be caused simply by the way you walk, or by wearing the wrong shoes, which may be either too tight or too loose.

What can I do about them?

First things first, before you even buy your new party shoes, make sure they fit properly. If they pinch or rub your feet in the shop, chances are it will feel a whole lot worse after you've been wearing them for a few hours and any corns you do have at the moment will flare up even more. And if you want to pre-empt pain and discomfort, why not insert a supportive gel insole into your shoes to remove pressure on corns and cushion problem areas? Are you worried that your foot pain will be unbearable by the end of the night? No problem, just pop a pair of ballet pumps or flip flops into your bag so you can slip them on and relieve the pressure of those stunning (but uncomfortable) high heels.

Corn Removal

Of course the best way to enjoy your night out, pain free, is targeted corn removal. For corns on your toes, try a targeted treatment such as Scholl Corn Removal Plasters. Put them on the corn before your night out for immediate pain and pressure relief. For a treatment that gives results in as little as five days, a Corn Relief 2 in 1 Express Pen, which can be used to treat multiple corns at the same time, either hard corns on the top of the toes and on the balls of the feet as well as soft corns between the toes. The two step treatment includes a scraper to exfoliate the top layers of the corn, as well as a treatment liquid, which penetrates into the corn, helping to soften and remove it naturally and painlessly.