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Posts for: October, 2015

By Dr. Steven Miller
October 11, 2015
Category: Skin
Tags: pain   corn   pad  

Examples of corn on footAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, harvest season for corn in Illinois is in October. About 10 million acres of corn are harvested annually from the "Prairie State".

The corns in our office are different. And they are harvested the entire year.

Corns are thickened areas of skin that develop in response to excessive pressure and friction.  A corn can be a symptom of an underlying problem such as ill-fitting footwear or an excessively prominent bone.  Typically hard and circular, corns can be quite painful.

Be cautious about using over-the-counter "medicated corn pads" as they usually contain an acid that can damage the healthy surrounding skin if used incorrectly. Never attempt to cut or scrape away a corn on your own as this can lead to infection.

The thickened skin can usually be scraped off during the same appointment. The procedure is painless because the skin is already dead. X-ray evaluation, injection or surgery may be necessary in cases that do not respond to conservative treatment.

If you are suffering from a painful corn, get relief by scheduling an appointment today. Call (847) 675-3400 or go to