Cures for Foot Corns

Corns on the feet are small calluses that form on the sides, tops or in-between the toes. They appear as bumps of thickened skin due to friction or pressure from shoes or foot deformities, such as hammer toe or bunions. Corns are common occurrences and if there is no underlying circulation problems or diabetes, they can be treated easily.

Identify the Pressure

Since a corn will develop because of excessive friction or pressure, the most important step towards a cure is to identify the problem. This may be a pair of shoes that are too tight or not properly fitting. The combination of new shoes and a change in socks may be the contributing factor. According to CNN Health, wearing shoes without socks can cause more friction, or something like a seam in a shoe may be the cause. Once this has been discovered, the corn can be treated and will begin to heal.


Once the corn has developed and become painful, it may be necessary to use a corn pad to protect the area. These can be purchased at a drug store and applied at home. They look like small padded circles with a hole in the middle. This will pressure against the corn and allow it to heal.

Salicylic Acid

Sometimes the corn pads may be purchased with salicylic acid. Small discs of salicylic acid with adhesive on one side can be placed directly on the top of the corn. The soft pad then is placed over this to reduce pressure from shoes or other toes. After 24 to 48 hours, the skin will have softened and will be easier to remove. Sometimes a small bottle of salicylic acid will be included with the corn pads. This is applied as a small drop over the corn and covered with the protective pad.

Salicylic acid will soften the skin and help it to come off more easily. Sometimes it will peel off or can be rubbed off with a wash cloth or pumice stone.


If the skin is not responding to the home treatments, a corn may be trimmed by a medical doctor. This is performed in an office using a small scalpel to remove some of the dead skin layers of the corn. He may then recommend an antibiotic ointment to cover the area to prevent infection or further home treatments with salicylic acid and corn pads according to the Mayo Clinic.


If there is an underlying illness such as diabetes or any circulatory problems, a medical doctor should be consulted. These are special situations and home treatment is not advised.

About this Author

Deila Taylor received a bachelor\’s degree in biochemistry from Occidental College with graduate work at the University of Southern California in pharmacology and nutrition as well as coursework at The East West School of Herbology. She is a small-business owner in the alternative energy field.