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October 07, 2015

Treatment for corns: Wearing shoes that don't rub on a corn is often enough to allow it to gradually go away. Nonmedicated corn or callus pads or toe sheaths may help cushion the area. A doctor can pare down a large corn or callus with a surgical instrument.

When conservative measures fail, surgical correction is an option. Lengthening a tight tendon or other soft tissues in the toe may be enough to allow the toe to lie flat. Surgery usually is an outpatient procedure and often successfully straightens the toe, though rigidity may remain. Mayo Clinic surgeons don't recommend hammertoe surgery for cosmetic purposes alone as there is always some risk of infection or complication, such as a toe that flails loosely or becomes misaligned.

SOURCE Mayo Clinic Health Letter