Corns & Callouses

Jeremy Schwartz, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Complete Feet Podiatry

Jeremy Schwartz, DPM

Podiatrist located in Lakeview, Chicago, IL

Most people will develop a corn or callus - or both - in their lifetime, as well as the pain that accompanies these two conditions. At Complete Feet Podiatry in Chicago, IL, patients receive focused, individualized solutions for corns and calluses to relieve current symptoms and prevent corns and calluses from coming back.

Corns & Callouses Q & A

What are corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses are both caused by increased friction against the skin of the toes and feet. Wearing shoes that are too loose, too tight or otherwise don't fit properly is a primary cause of both calluses and corns, and they are also more common among people with certain foot shapes and those with a family history of corns and calluses. While both corns and calluses are areas of hardened, thickened skin, corns have a central “core” portion that can be especially painful when pressure is applied. Corns and Calluses can form on just about any part of the foot.

What symptoms are associated with corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses are associated with considerable pain when pressure is applied to the area, including pain caused by the pressure of shoes. Many patients with corns and calluses will attempt to minimize painful symptoms by changing the way they walk, resulting in strain and stress in other parts of the feet as well as the ankles and knees. Gait changes can also cause balance issues, increasing the risk of falls.

How are corns and calluses treated?

Some very thick corns and calluses can be carefully trimmed to remove thick layers of tissue that increase pain and pressure. For long-term relief, custom orthotics can provide a real solution by redistributing weight, so pressure points are eliminated. Patients can also help prevent corns and calluses by wearing shoes that fit properly and by avoiding high heels.

Can I treat calluses or corns with a product from the drugstore?

Drugstore liquids and medicated pads use caustic substances that can injure surrounding tissues, and they do not address the problem that is causing corns and calluses to form in the first place. Likewise, cushions may provide some relief, but they do not eliminate the cause of painful symptoms. Trimming corns and calluses at home is never recommended since this can substantially increase the risk of infection while also damaging surrounding healthy tissue.


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