Neurovascular Corns

Neurovascular Corns

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What is Neurovascular Corns? Know the difference between from the Regular Corns


Neurovascular Corns contain blood vessels and/or nerves and can often be mistaken for warts. Neurovascular corns are the least common form of corns but are extremely painful. They can be very problematic for both the patient and the treating podiatrist. A neurovascular corn has nerve endings and blood vessels wrapped around it which causes a lot of pain and bleeding. There are different treatment options for these types of corns as they are difficult and painful when being removed unlike the other forms of corns.

The main feature that differentiates a fibrous/neurovascular/smokers corn/IPK from a regular hard corn is that these lesions are generally significantly more painful than regular corns. They typically present as normal hard corns do, however there are subtle features that differentiates these lesions from regular corns.

Differences can include:

  • Underlying central fibrosis (white scar tissue in the centre)
  • Nerve fibres in the corn
  • These areas are very sensitive to pressure
  • Vascular elements in the corn
  • Skin generally tends to be more rubbery
  • These lesions are more prevalent in those who smoke cigarettes

Cause of Neurovascular Corns

The exact cause of these particular lesions is unknown.

It is theorised that pressure plays an important role in the development of the lesions.

It is also theorised that smoking plays an important role in the development of these lesions.

Treatment of Neurovascular Corns

Treatment needs to eliminate the corn this can be achieve in most cases with offloading and lifestyle modification

Caution needs to be taking with aggressive debridement of these lesions as deriding into the dermis will result in scar tissue which can develop into a more painful lesion than the original.

Are you suffering from this condition? One of our chiropodist/podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatment options are best to get you back on track.
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at 44 (0) 207 101 4000. 📞


We hope you have a feetastic day! 👣☀️

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team




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