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Corns and Calluses

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When your skin is attempting to protect itself from friction and pressure, thick and hardened layers of skin develop. These are known as corns and calluses. You can see them develop mostly on your feet, toes, hands, and fingers. Most of the time, if you can reduce the friction of pressure where the corns and/or calluses developed, they will disappear on their own. However, there are times when it’s best to seek your doctor’s advice to discuss proper care for the condition.

Corns vs. Calluses

While these are pretty similar, corns and calluses have a few differences that allow you to tell them apart. Corns have a distinct and hard center, and the skin surrounding it is inflamed. They are painful when pressed, unlike calluses. Calluses are larger than corns and vary in shape. Most of the time, a callus will develop on the sole of a foot, especially under the heels or balls. In addition, you mind find them on the palms of your hands, and even your knees. If either is especially painful, begin to bleed, or discharge pus or clear fluid, call your doctor to make an appointment.


If you reduced the amount of friction to the skin, but your corns or calluses are not disappearing, there are a few treatments you can seek. If you see your podiatrist, they can cut away some of the thick skin to relieve pressure on the tissues. You can also soak the irritated site in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes and then scrape the area. If you use moisturizer daily on the feet, that helps as well (this works best when you moisturize your feet at night and then wear socks to bed). If the area is infected. Oral antibiotics will clear it up over time.

Avoiding the Rough Skin

Even though corns and calluses are pretty minor, they are still irritating to have. There are a few things you can do in order to prevent the discomfort altogether. Keep your feet friction free and wear properly fitted shoes with cotton socks. You may also receive advice from your podiatrist to wear orthopedic shoe inserts to correct your abnormal foot structure (if this is the main cause).

Reach out to the foot doctor in Bolingbrook if corns and calluses become an everyday concern for you. Your feet, ankles, and heel pain can be looked at by the Suburban Foot & Ankle Associates doctors. Call today to make an appointment.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association