Posts for tag: corns

By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
August 13, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: corns   Corn Removal  

Corn RemovalDo 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.

By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
February 07, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: corns  

Walking puts added pressure on the feet leading to foot pain and other issues such as corns. Many foot problems can be blamed on cornsfootwear. Corns are calluses that form on the toes because the bones push up against a shoe. This puts pressure on the skin. The surface layer of the skin becomes thick. Hard corns are usually located either on the side of the small toe or on the top of a toe. Soft corns look like open sores and develop in between the toes. With the help of our podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, your corn pain can be gone forever.

The Corn Removal Process

Diagnosing corns is not hard, but sometimes treating it can be difficult. This is why it is important that you don't try to remove them at home. Our podiatrists have years of experience in removing these corns and to ensure they don’t re-occur. First, we may trim the corn by shaving dead skin layers to restore the normal contour. If there is an underlying problem such as a deformity, that will be addressed. Ultimately, we will work with you to determine the best treatment at any of our offices: Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago.

It’s important that you never cut into your own corns at home as infection can occur. If you are diabetic, never self-medicate or treat a corn or any other foot problems. Corns can become ulcerations and move through layers of skin leading to an open wound that is more serious.

Treating Your Corn Today

The best way to treat a corn is with prevention. Wear shoes and socks that fit properly and do not squeeze the foot in any way. Wear high-heeled shoes sparingly as they put added pressure on the forefoot. To schedule a consultation regarding corn removal with your podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, call any of our offices today: Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL.

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