Corns on the toes are certainly painful. Corns are due to an excessive amount of pressure on that area of the toes and the epidermis just thickens up to safeguard itself, then becomes so thick that it can be then painful. The causes of that greater pressure are numerous and may be due to a bony deformity, a claw toe or a bunion. A good podiatrist can easily remove a corn, however, if the pressure which brought about the corn is still there, then it's likely to keep coming back. To find the best results long term, the main reason for the corn is required to be identified and that reason taken away. Occasionally that could require surgery to improve the underlying bone or toe deformity. Other times that may necessitate the use of padding for force off loading from the area. Generally, an improvement in the fit of shoes are the most effective methods for getting load off a corn.
One method to self manage corns should be to take off the pressure. You can find protective pads that you can use such as the toe foams. These are a soft foam manufactured from polyurethane with a cloth lining. Toe foams are available in longer tubes so you or the podiatrist can trim them to the necessary length to place over a toe to cushion and protect it. Several of the toe foams include a increased thicker area on one side for additional cushioning. They tend for use more in the short to medium terms as they are soft, they are not that long lasting. Should they be useful and need to be used more in the longer term chances are they are going to need to get replaced frequently. Always talk about your alternatives with the podiatrist to see what they propose as whatever they believe are your better options over the longer term.