Summary of Chapter 15

Life is about enjoying the journey, not about the individual footprints along the way.– Dr. Suzanne Levine

My Feet Are Killing Me by Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine


A corn is a round, hard, thickened area of skin on the top of, the tip of, or between your toes. It looks very different from your normal skin and, as the name implies, is round and yellow like a corn kernel. With a central core that you can’t see, it descends into your toe to a cone-shaped point, putting pressure on the normal cells in its way.

Though most corns are yellow, those that are inflamed can have a reddish hue. Others can take on the color of your skin. In some cases, especially for women of color, you can get hypo-discoloration, which is diminished color on the corns so that they appear lighter than the skin around them. In others, the pressure on your toes can cause darker discoloration around or on a corn– called hyper-pigmentation.

Typically, corns crop up on non-weight-bearing areas and there are two types. Hard corns are found on top of your toes and are, well, hard. Soft corns are found between your toes – they almost always prefer a spot between your fourth and fifth toes – and are kept soft from perspiration.

In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine answers:

  • What causes corns?
  • How do you stop a corn from hurting?
  • Dr. Levine’s Don’ts
  • Diabetes and your feet
  • Real Patient Recap: A patient discovers firsthand how life changing a little TLC can be, and now enjoys her days much more.

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