Corns on the toes are often very painful. They are a result of an excessive amount of pressure on that part of the toes and the skin just thickens up to safeguard itself, then will become so thick that it can be then painful. Reasons for that increased force are many and might be due to a bone deformity, a hammer toe or a bunion. A good podiatrist can certainly take away a corn, but if the pressure which brought about the corn is still there, then it is probably going to return. For the best results long term, the reason for the corn must be determined and that cause taken away. At times that will need surgery to correct the underlying bone or toe disability. Other times that can require the use of cushioning for pressure relief from the corn. Typically, a vast improvement in the fit of footwear is the most effective ways to get load off a corn.
A great way to self treat corns will be to get rid of the pressure. You will find shielding pads that can be used such as the toe foams. These are a soft foam made from polyurethane having a cloth lining. They come in longer tubes so that you or the podiatrist can cut these to the desired length to put over a toe to cushion and protect it. Several of the toe foams have a increased thicker area on one side for additional protection. They generally tend to be used more in the short to medium terms since they are soft, they may not be that long-lasting. If they are helpful and need to be used more in the longer term certainly they will need to get replaced often. Usually talk about the options with the actual podiatrist to see the things they suggest as whatever they believe are your better options over the long term.