[toc]A corn is an accumulation of hardened dead skin on your foot. It is developed as a result of the body’s protective response to pressure or friction between your two toes or between your toe and shoe. It is usually caused by ill-fitting shoes; however, it could also be caused because of inappropriate walking style.
The problems of corns are not very difficult to cure. There are many ways to cure this condition, but natural cures are always suggested to cure such kind of problem as they are mostly affected from outside of the skin.
9 Best Ways To Treat Corns
Rub The Corn
Put your foot in hot water to soften the corn; then, by using a pumice stone or a skin file, rub the corn gently. Don’t scrape away corn entirely in one sitting as it can cause excess bleeding. Repeat this process for several days, until the corn is fully removed. This healing process might take some days to fully recover from corns, but this process prevents the chance of a corn recurrence.
Choose Proper Footwear
One of the main causes of corns is wearing tight-fitting shoes. Wear shoes which are comfortable for your feet and in which there is not much friction between your feet and shoes. Your shoes must be at least 1 cm longer than your longest toe. Wear socks which have padded or cushioned soles.
For soft corns (corns that are between your toes), use an emery board , as the space between two toes is so small that pumice stone can’t be used there. Thus, as an alternative to pumice stone emery board can be used. Follow this process for a week or two, depending on the nature and condition of corns.
Soaking In Epsom Salt Solution
Another good way to soften the corns is to put the feet in Epsom salt solution. To make the corns softer you can make a solution yourself. Take 5 aspirins, crush them to a fine powder, mix it with one and a half teaspoon of lemon juice and one and a half teaspoon of water. Apply this paste onto the corn, Remove it after 10 minutes . Now gently scrub away the corn with a pumice stone.
Cornstarch Or Vinegar
Sprinkling cornstarch between your toes can help in keeping the area dry and will protect the skin from decaying. Moisture can make can promote fungal infections and could support corns. Vinegar can also give a same effect. Apply a cotton ball soaked in vinegar to your corn at night. Remove the cotton in the morning and then rub the corn with pumice stone.
Salicylic acid could also be used for softening of corns, and after the softening, pumice stone could be used to rub away the corn. However, some doctors are of the opinion that using salicylic acid could damage surrounding skin and thus should not be used for softening purpose. However, if you still want to use salicylic acid just make sure that salicylic acid is applied only at corn and not to the surrounding.
Maintain Good Hygiene
Wash your feet daily with soap and a scrubbing brush. You can apply foot cream when your feet are dry. It is recommended to change your socks daily if you are suffering from corns. Follow this process for at least seven days to receive a positive result on corns. This is the basic step to keep your feet hygiene, and there are many other ways to get the same result.
Take diluted chamomile tea and soak your feet in that. This can provide you an instant relief from corns. This tea will leave a stain on your feet, which can be easily removed with soap and water. Chamomile tea is known to be one of the best remedies to cure the problems related to corns. Hence, you can consider using chamomile tea on a regular basis until you are fully recovered from corns.
Use moleskin as a protective cushion to keep the foot and toes in a more comfortable position. By keeping your feet in a comfortable position, you can easily solve the problem of corns. Always try to keep your feet dry. Baking soda can also be used for curing corns. Take three tablespoons of baking soda and add to a container of warm water and soak your feet in that solution.
Persons suffering from atherosclerosis, diabetes, or other circulatory diseases should never treat a corn themselves, due to high risk of infection. They are suggested to visit their nearest doctor to get the exact prescription.