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September 1975

Treatment of Corns by Injectable Silicone

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(9):1143-1145. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630210059004

Corns and calluses are the most frequently encountered foot complaints. The choices of care range from self trimming and application of over-the-counter remedies to professional treatment, which may include tendon, skin, and bone surgery.

A technique using fluid silicone injected subdermally to cushion corns is described. Twenty-nine patients with 71 digital pressure keratoses were injected between 1965 and 1970. Results of treatment of 77% of the corns were rated good to excellent after an average follow-up period of six years, and no serious reactions have been observed.

The procedure offers an effective, nondisabling method of treatment, as opposed to lifelong palliation or surgical intervention.