Getting Help for Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are common skin conditions that bring people to the Ravenswood office of Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos. Anyone can develop a callus or a corn – men, women, and children are all at risk. Do you know how to prevent corns and calluses, how to spot them, and what to do if you think one has developed on your foot? Here is some information you should know:

 

A callus is a hard, thick patch of skin created as the result of friction. A callus can appear anywhere on the body and is especially common on the feet' weight-bearing areas. You can prevent calluses by reducing friction. Make sure that shoes fit well. Even adults should have their feet professionally measured once a year to ensure proper fit as foot size can change with age. If you are an athlete, be sure you replace sneakers at least once a year or every 500 miles of running or walking to maximize cushioning and support.

Corns are like calluses but are more likely to appear on areas of the feet that do not support your weight, such as the toes. You might notice a small, inflamed patch of skin with a hard, kernel-like center. Stay safe from corns by choosing everyday shoes that offer plenty of room in the toe box, rather than squeezing toes together in a too small or pointed tip.

A quick internet search will reveal numerous chemicals and tools that purport to remove calluses and corns. Podiatrists caution against their use, as they can cause infection and other complications. Instead, see your foot doctor remove corns and calluses or for any other reason related to the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Your podiatrist is a medical expert with years of specialized education and experience and the best-qualified professional to care for this part of your body.

Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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