There are a lot of common myths around the problem of corns on the feet. Corns are a condition connected with there being too much pressure on an area of skin. Concerning the foot this greater force could be because of a toe deformity like hammer toes or bunions in which force from the footwear produces the corn. It could be caused by a dropped metatarsal bone, resulting in a corn or callus on underneath of the foot. These types of corns and calluses are a natural reaction of the skin to excessive pressure. All that is going on is that the skin thickens up to provide protection to itself. This is a normal and healthy reaction of the skin. Nonetheless, as the pressure that brought about that thickening proceeds, the skin gets so thick that it will become painful. A qualified podiatrist could easily remove a corn. It's not difficult.
However, after it has been eliminated, it will simply return eventually and unless the cause of that greater force isn't eliminated. That is when the misunderstandings come into place. Some people could accuse the podiatrist of not performing their job adequately, when they most likely did, however the corn came back as the pressure, possibly from improperly fitting shoes are still present. Others think corns have got roots and the podiatrist didn't remove the root. They think the corn returns because the Podiatrist did not get rid of the root (much like the plant example, it grows back again if its roots are not removed). Corns don't have roots. That is the myth. Corns return as the cause of will still be there. The only way to get rid of corns once and for all should be to eliminate the cause. This means the hammer toe or hallux valgus need to be corrected, or much better fitting footwear used so there isn't any pressure on it or foot orthoses to get force of the fallen metatarsal is required. If you have a issue with corns, then check with your podiatrist your options to obtain long lasting relief.