Corns & Calluses Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

Even though corns and calluses may be common, they can be problematic and painful. The team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, offers complete care for your feet. Khalid Husain, DPM; Gene Choi, DPM; Jennifer Kirchens, DPM; and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, are expert physicians ready to provide excellent care for your feet. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Corns and Calluses Q & A

What causes corns and calluses?

Corn and calluses form when there’s increased pressure or friction on a specific area of your foot. The skin ultimately reacts by forming a hard surface as a protective barrier. Corns and calluses become problematic over time by developing a build-up that turns into bumps that can cause pain. The sensation is similar to having a pebble stuck in your shoe.

What’s the difference between a corn and a callus?

Corns and calluses both have hardened surfaces on the skin that are formed as a result of friction rubbing on one particular area over a period of time, usually from poorly fitting shoes. The difference between the two is that a corn has a core that goes down deeper into the tissue. It’s smaller than a callus and has a hard or soft center and hurts when it’s pressed on. A callus is a thick, hard area where layers of skin have grown to protect themselves from repetitive friction. The outer skin is composed of mostly dead skin cells and has very little sensation, if any.

How do you get corns and calluses?

Knowing how to avoid corns and calluses is the first step to proactive prevention. Here are some ways to practice healthy habits for your feet:

  • Avoid walking barefoot
  • Wear socks whenever you can
  • Don’t wear shoes that are too tight or that repetitively rub on your feet
  • Make sure you wear proper footwear while you’re exercising or playing any kind of sport

If you have diabetes, you should be extra aware of taking care of your feet every day to avoid any complications that could lead to a more serious condition. 

How are corns and calluses treated?

The practice at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics provides nonsurgical treatments to reduce pain. With corns and calluses, it’s important to remove the layers of hard tissue without damaging the healthy surrounding tissue. Some corns and calluses require trimming to allow the treatment to be more effective. A topical solution is then applied that’s designed to help slough away dead skin. 

If corns and calluses are more severe, your provider may recommend custom orthotics to avoid repetitive issues. Redistributing the weight of where the foot rubs your shoe can thwart future problems with corns and calluses.

If you’re needing professional care for your corns or calluses, call or book an online appointment today with Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics.