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Hi everyone,

 

I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this for me. Jax has been limping only on very rough surfaces for about two weeks now. I took him to the vet and she prescribed some Rimadyl to see if its a soft tissue issue (he wasn't demonstrating any pain at the vet's office, so she said to bring him back in if the limp persists and we can talk about X-rays).

 

I've been reading about corns on this forum and everything Jax does points to it being a corn -- minus there actually being a corn. He does not limp at all on carpet or grass, very rarely limps on sidewalks (unless we've been walking for a long time), and shows somewhat of a limp on the very rough concrete/pebble type sidewalk right in front of our apartment. The limp isn't extreme. It's more like he just slows down his walk, stiffens up, and occasionally drops his shoulder.

 

I've been soaking his foot in Epsom salt for a couple of days. I'm not sure if it's helping or if I'm just imagining it's helping. The limp is definitely better than it was at the very beginning, but it's definitely not gone. The Rimadyl didn't really help, which also makes me think it could be a corn.

 

I took a few pictures while his paw was wet. There's no areas of hardness or a visible corn, and when I squeeze his toes he doesn't seem to mind at all. The only thing there is a little red circular patch (more gray when not wet). Could this be the beginning of a corn that's under the surface? Or maybe his pad is just sore there? Or maybe this is just a normal paw and I'm grasping at straws?

 

I'm taking him back to the vet next week, I just wanted to get some opinions here on the possibility of corns first!

 

Thanks in advance!!

 

PS- Included a glamour shot of him at the end!

 

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Hi everyone,

 

There's no areas of hardness or a visible corn, and when I squeeze his toes he doesn't seem to mind at all. The only thing there is a little red circular patch (more gray when not wet). Could this be the beginning of a corn that's under the surface? Or maybe his pad is just sore there? Or maybe this is just a normal paw and I'm grasping at straws?

 

I'm taking him back to the vet next week, I just wanted to get some opinions here on the possibility of corns first!

 

Thanks in advance!!

 

 

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I was very familiar with corns and was fooled by the same thing when Chase developed a corn on his foot. I used the duct tape method of removal, which was recommended by several people on here, with great success.

Another possibility is a foreign object.

 

 

You should crop the leash out of that photo and submit it for an entry for the month of October in the GT calendar.

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That appears to be more of an area where he may be scuffing. That's a weight bearing pad. He may be sore from his neck, shoulder etc and is not using his limb properly. The scuffing is making for a sore pad.

I'm going through something similar. My boy strained his iliopsoas muscle and before we had it all figured out he wore a small hole at the bottom of his pad-would bleed like the dickens--bottom line is the problem wasn't in his foot but, in his hip.

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Hard to tell. Sometimes it can take several weeks/months for the corn to erupt. I would keep on with the soaking since it seems to be helping, and then add in a moisturizer like Bag Balm afterwards. You can use any high quality lotion/cream - coconut oil, lotions for human calluses like Burt's Bees, cocoa butter, pure lanolin.

 

If you're on Facebook there is a great group called "Greyhounds With Corns" that has a ton of information and lots of people with experience.

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He's gorgeous! I'm not any help, I don't even have a grey yet, but just wanted to comment on how handsome he is!

I imagine you already know that though ;).

Thanks so much! I can't tell you how many "he's beautiful!" comments we get on walks. I think it goes to his head ;)

 

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. It gives me some hope that it has improved since it first started. I'm going to continue with the soaking and see how he does. I'll also try the Bag Balm!

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To find my Scout's corns which were deep and had not erupted yet, he sat on the floor beside her, closed his eyes and very gently and slowly massaged/felt her pads. Sure enough, he found what I hadn't been able to find. You might want to try the same technique and see if you can find any area of hardness.

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I know nothing about corns, so I won't comment there. Our boy did get wear spots periodically in his paw pads, especially in the extreme weather. On another thread I saw the tip of "Musher's secret", which always seemed to do the trick, along with reduced walks until it healed some. It's pricey but a little goes a long way, we've had the same container for years. (Note, if you have tile or hard wood, mop often, it will make your floors a bit slick!)

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