THE bunion is produced by wearing too short a boot, as a rule, and consists in the gradual displacement of the big toe joint, so that finally there is an actual deformity. The corn usually is added to this deformity.
Treatment. The outer layers of the corn should be softened and scraped off by a sharp, thin knife. The softening process may be effected by soaking in a soda solution, or better still, by the following mixture: Salicylic acid . . . . . . . . . . . 20 grains Extract cannabis indica . . . . . . . 10 grains Flexible collodion. 2 drams
This is to be applied each night. Care is to be exercised in not paring the corn too closely lest bleeding occur and poisoning ensue from the unclean knife that may be used. Pressure of the boot must be avoided by the substitution of another form of boot and also perhaps by wearing a plaster with a hole in the center, thus distributing the pressure over a greater area. When trimmed the corn is to be likewise covered by a cornplaster bound on the foot by strips of adhesive plaster. Painting with iodine often takes out the soreness and hardens the skin so that it may be more readily cut. Inflamed corns should be poulticed and treated like any pus wound. Spirits of turpentine will often take the soreness out of a com. Absorbent cotton, or better, wool, worn between the toes, will prevent or cure a corn between the toes.
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