Home Remedies for Foot Corns

Corns are small grayish-yellow protrusions located on your toes which can be easily treated right at home. These corns can sometimes become embarrassing or even painful. Over time, wearing shoes can cause friction that thickens the skin which molds into a corn. Soft corns can develop between the toes as they rub together which is usually caused by wearing tight shoes. There are several simple treatments for foot corns that can bring you relief for the irritating bumps.

Soak your feet in warm water or a mixture of Epsom salts and warm water for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove your feet from the water and pat dry. Apply baby oil directly to the corn. Using a pumice stone or emery board, gently rub the corn until several layers of the outer skin have been removed. By reducing the size of the corn, you allow more room between your shoe and the corn, thus preventing the corn from becoming larger. After filing the corn down, apply a moisturizing cream to the corn to soften the skin.

One of the best herbal remedies for corns uses Greater celadine leaves. Simply boil the celadine leaves in 4 cups water for 10 minutes. Strain the water and allow the mixture to cool. Place a clean piece of gauze or cloth in the celadine water and place the gauze on the corn. The gauze should then be taped to the affected area with gauze tape and left overnight. Next morning, the gauze should be removed and area washed. After several uses, this remedy will dissolve the corn.

If you want to go the natural route, a topical treatment can be made from 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon chamomile tea, and one clove crushed garlic. Combine these ingredients and rub on the corn several times a day. And it may seem a bit odd, but fresh pineapple tied to the affected area and left overnight will also help reduce corns. Pineapple contains enzymes that break down the growth with results typically seen within a few weeks.

Corns will actually dissipate and many times disappear by simply wearing appropriate footwear. Choose shoes that do not rub on the affected area. Go shoeless whenever possible or try wearing sandals that do not rub on the toes. When wearing your favorite shoes, apply corn caps over the corns to place a barrier between the toes and the shoes.

Topical acids and over-the-counter plaster treatments are available where OTC medications are sold. Most of these products do work to fully remove unsightly corns. However, these should be used carefully and only when following the package directions. Overuse of these products or using too much can actually burn healthy skin which can lead to infections. Topical acids should not be used by those with diabetes or any circulatory disorders.

Corns that crack open can become infected and should be disinfected and have a topical disinfectant applied such as Neosporin. If you are still suffering from discomfort from corns after trying home treatments or they worsen after treatment, you should seek medical attention.


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