In an article from sports and pop culture publication Grantland, San Antonio Spurs player Kawhi Leonard received a thorough breakdown of his performance on the court—revolving around his feet.
“His feet look unassuming. They are more or less like other players’ feet: size 14, with gnarly nails and small nubs on top of his toes. The corns are the normal cost of what he puts himself through. Leonard’s work ethic makes even his teammates, famous for their discipline, shake their heads. He punishes his feet, and we call the punishment footwork.”
The athlete’s power stems from his concrete stance and impressive footwork, both contributing to Leonard’s ranking of 10th in steals per game in the NBA. “It’s the way he stops—his feet.”
Corns can become a regular occurrence for active athletes. If you have sustained corns and are looking for treatment, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can assist you with any of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.
Corns on the Feet
Corns are areas of thickened skin that can be painful or irritating. They are often comprised of multiple layers of skin that has become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.
Appropriate footwear is important to prevent corns. This includes well-fitting socks and comfortable shoes that offer support without being too tight.
To treat corns, the buildup of dead skin must be removed. Salicylic acid is often used because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a majority of corns. People with diabetes, however, should avoid salicylic acid and talk to their podiatrists about alternative treatments.
Preventing the Return of Corns
Orthotic shoes fitted by a podiatrist can help prevent the return of corns. They reduce friction and help alleviate overall pain. Surgery is rarely needed, except for very rare circumstances where normal treatments are not working.
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