Treatments for Foot Corns

The most common problem seen by all the Podiatrists is definitely corns and callus. Foot corns are also known by other names including hyperkeratosis, clavus, heloma and tyloma. Foot corns develop as a response to pressure. Foot corns are thicker than the callus and are typically more focal, involving the toes most commonly.

Symptoms of foot corn:

Foot corns appear as a thickened layer of skin developing anywhere on the foot. Pain or tenderness may also be present under the skin. Moreover there is a flaxy dry or waxy skin. Foot corns are very commonly confused with callus. To differentiate them, it is important to remember that corms are usually smaller, have a hard center, and are painful. Also, foot corns generally develop on the parts of the foot which do not wear weight, such as the top of the toes.  

Causes of foot corn:

Improper fitting shoes. Deformities of the toes, such as hammertoe or claw toe. Rubbing of the foot against a seam on the inner side of the shoe. Improper fitting socks.

Treating foot corn:

Foot corns rarely require any surgery. Surgery is indicated only in the cases where there are severe or persistent corns. It is also important that people, who are suffering from diabetes, atherosclerosis, or any other circulatory disease, should not attempt to treat their foot corns themselves. This is because; in these patients the risk of infection is much higher than other people. Hence it is advised that if you suffering from the above mentioned diseases and you develop foot corns, visit Podiatrist immediately. 

For the treatment of foot corns, there are numerous acid preparations that help reduce the foot corns. The most common prescription preparation that is being used is a mixture of salicylic acid, lactic acids and collodion

Some over-the-counter acids are also available. This includes the 80 percent trichloroacetic acid. However, this preparation is much weaker as compared to its prescription counterpart.

General Home Care:

The general home care involves regularly soaking of the feet in warm water as well as using either a pumice stone or a callus file to make the foot corns soft and reduce their size. You can also try to wear a donut-shaped foam pad on the corn. This donut-shaped foam pad helps in relieving the pressure. It is also recommended that you use non-medicated corn pads. This is because medicated pads carry a risk of increased irritation and infection. To help cushion the soft corns, you can try using lambs’ wool in between your toes. But most importantly, you should remember to wear properly fitting shoes which allows a roomy area for the toes.

Home Remedies of foot corns:

A valuable home remedy for foot corns is lemon. Tie a thin slice of fresh lemon over the painful area at night.   Raw papaya has also been proven to be useful because the juice serves as an irritant. To remove the corns, an effective method is to apply the herd known as Indian squill. To soften the corns, milky juice of green figs can be beneficial. Chalk powder is also beneficial for foot corns.