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Corns and Calluses Are Different

5 Oct 2021 Blog

Although they share many symptoms including thick, rough, flaky, or dry skin and tenderness or pain, corns and calluses are different. Foot corns are small, raised lumps that usually feature a hard center surrounded by an area of inflamed skin. They are often found on top of or in between the toes and can be painful when pressure is applied to them. Calluses usually develop on the weight-bearing parts of your feet, namely on the soles of your feet, under the heels and balls. They vary in size, but are often large and are rarely painful. Treating corns and calluses at home by resting the feet, wearing more comfortable shoes, and soaking, exfoliating, and moisturizing hardened skin is often helpful. However, if you have painful or inflamed corns and calluses, or if you have diabetes or poor circulation, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lake in the Hills, Cary, Fox Lake, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Chicago, Elgin, and Hinsdale, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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