Do you have corns? The American Podiatric Medical Association says that about five percent of Americans do. Bothersome and irritating, these circular lesions of hardened skin resemble the vegetable we call corn. Unfortunately, they can really hurt and impede the activities of daily living. Your team of foot doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL, recommend in-office removal of corns. Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about these benign foot lesions.
FAQS about corns
1. What is a corn? This round piece of hard, irritated skin on the toe or another area of the foot grows suddenly and can last indefinitely. Sprouting in areas of irritation, such as where a shoe or poorly fitting sock is rubbing against the skin, a corn also can be soft and rubbery in texture. Either way, people who are diabetic, have circulatory or mobility problems or other serious health issues should see a podiatrist in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago for in-office removal.
2. Who gets corns? Anyone can, particularly if they stand on their feet a lot during the day, wear shoes which fit too snugly (women's shoes typically are too narrow and tight) or wear poorly fitting socks which bunch up in their shoes.
3. Should I remove them at home? Sometimes gentle rubbing with a pumice stone will remove a corn. However, much depends on the size, location, and number of corns and on the health of the person who has them. Never cut into your skin with a razor or nail trimmers.
4. What does in-office removal involve? At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, your podiatrist will examine your corn carefully and help you decide on the right treatment. The doctor likely will apply a moderately concentrated salicylic acid medication to lift the corn from the surface of the foot. He also may use a scalpel to trim excess skin from the area around the corn. You may go home with a prescription for antibiotics or salicylic acid patches.
5. Do corns return? Yes, they can, and they do. So, be sure to wash and dry your feet daily, wear well-fitting shoes and socks, and avoid walking barefoot. Moisturize every day with an over-the-counter foot cream, and see your podiatrist every year, or as needed, for a check-up.
Love your feet
Take good care of them to avoid annoying and debilitating skin, bone, circulatory and gait issues. If you're developing corns, please call one of the five convenient locations of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL. Our doctors provide excellent basic care and also are highly skilled in the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques for a myriad of podiatric issues. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Crystal Lake, IL. Call 847-352-0200 to schedule an appointment in Schaumburg, IL. Call 815-356-0500 to schedule an appointment in Huntley, IL. Call 773-836-9900 to schedule an appointment in Chicago, IL.