Corn (Interdigital Skin Growth)

Also known as Tyloma

Interdigital growth is sometimes called Corn or Tyloma which can cause irritation and inflammation. This interdigital skin growth is a result of prolonged irritation and is found in between the 2 claws (the interdigital space).

The first swelling and/or irritation is caused by the heel erosion bacteria or ‘scar tissue’ caused by a foot rot. A secondary inflammation which often aggravates the problem is caused by Digital Dermatitis. Cows with low heels and weak pasterns seem to be more susceptible to get the corns in the hind legs. Hard horn edges combined with excessive manure and moisture seems to worsen the occurrence of corns in a herd.

Proper trimming and removal of pressing horn edges will prevent the occurrence of this problem. It is also advised to keep alley free from excessive manure and moisture.

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While trimming, check the interdigital space for ‘pressing’ horn edges and remove them carefully with the sharpest knife. Dry the area in between the claws with a paper towel and apply Hoof-fit Gel to the affected area to treat the secondary problem: Digital Dermatitis. Apply a wrap for 3 days with Hoof-fit Gel and some cotton. Serious cases need to be rechecked and treated on day 3.

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