What are Corns and Calluses?

Corns are calluses that form on the toes and are caused by shoes that do not fit properly as well as toe deformities, including hammer toe or claw toe, and other abnormalities of the foot and ankle regions. Corn and callus formation occurs when the bones push up against the shoe, putting pressure on the skin. The surface layer of the skin thickens and builds up, irritating the tissues underneath. Hard corns are usually located on the top of the toe or on the side of the small toe. Soft corns resemble open sores and develop between the toes as they rub against each other.

How to Get Rid of Corns and Calluses

Corns can usually be easily seen. They may have a tender spot in the middle, surrounded by yellowish dead skin. Treatment for corns and calluses take many forms:

  • The corn may be shaved by removing the dead layers of skin off with a scalpel, restoring the normal contour of the skin and relieving pain. This should be done by a professional.
  • If an underlying problem, such as a toe deformity, is present, surgical correction may be required to prevent recurrence.
  • The patient should soak his or her feet regularly and use a pumice stone or callus file to soften and reduce the size of corns and calluses.
  • Use a donut-shaped foam pad over the corn will help relieve pressure. Use non-medicated corn pads; medicated pads may increase irritation and result in infection.
  • Use lamb’s wool (not cotton) between the toes to help to cushion soft corns.

Treatment for Corn and Calluses in Chicagoland

When a corn and callus forms on your feet or toes, walking can be painful, especially with shoes. The best way to alleviate and eliminate painful symptoms altogether is to find a foot specialist in your local area who specializes in corn and callus removal. For options around Chicago, Dr. Vora is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who’s readily prepared treat any orthopedic condition you may be suffering from. Please contact Dr. Vora for the removal of your corns and calluses and get to walking without pain once more!

Modified from the AAOS