OF all the minor ailments of the human body, few are more distressing than the inflamed corn. They consist of a thickening of the outside or horny layer of the skin. As a secondary change, consequent on long irritation, the nerve and blood supply increase and an extreme tenderness is produced, amounting often to incapacity to walk or work. They are caused mechanically by the undue pressure of the boot against the joint or by one toe pressing against another. Too short a boot, which causes pushing out of the big toe joint, too narrow a boot, causing crowding of the large joints, are the more frequent causes of the corn.
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