A corn is a buildup of dead skin with a hard center core that develops on or between your toes. It is your body's protective response to repeated friction or pressure, typically caused by two toes rubbing together or a toe rubbing on your shoe. Corns on the tops of toes, or on the outer edge of the smallest or largest toe, form a hard crusty surface. Corns formed between toes are kept moist and soft by the protective area they grow in, and are known as soft corns. Left unchecked, corns become painful and can make walking difficult. While you can remove corns at home, those with diabetes or other conditions causing inhibited circulation should seek treatment advice from their general physician. An infected corn will be inflamed and painful and may ooze pus or clear liquid. The inflammation may start to spread back up the foot. Antibiotics are prescribed for infected corn removal. Overall, corns treatment, removing or adjusting the mechanical stress causing the corn finding footwear that matches the length and width of a foot is the first step towards treatment of this condition. Patient awareness of his or her footwear is critical to the prevention of future corns. Conservative treatment can be continued at home and may consist of using a pumice stone for minor debridement, practicing good foot hygiene, and using soft spacers or a silicone sleeve, which can be bought at most retail stores.