Corns and calluses are thick and hard patches of skin seen in areas subjected to a lot of pressure or friction. Their formation is actually your body’s defense mechanism against injury. In most cases, ill-fitting shoes are the main culprit.
Hence, they are a common sighting on the feet – on top, on the soles, on the sides of or between the toes. Their abnormal shape causes discomfort when walking or standing while a few might get seriously infected, if left unattended.
If you have a nasty corn or callus that’s shows up time and again, here are tips you could use to cut it from its root. It starts with a little foot pampering.
Pumice stone –
You need to scrape off the dead skin cells and a pumice stone comes handy. Do it after a shower or after soaking your feet in hot water as the skin is soft and wet. Sand it down little by little every day. Don’t scrub too hard for the fear of creating an open wound.
Castor oil –
Dry corns and calluses tend to hurt more. Hence, moisturizing them daily makes them bearable. Besides, soft corns are easier to remove. Castor oil acts as a natural moisturizer. Cover it with an adhesive tape letting the castor oil soak in.
Corn pads –
One of the best ways to heal a corn is to reduce pressure and friction in the area. There are special non-medicated doughnut shaped corn pads you can purchase at the pharmacy. Their cushioned design not only covers the callus but also allow it time to heal. Some have pain-relieving gel that really helps.
White/ Apple Cider Vinegar –
You can add a cup of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar to a basin of water and soak your legs in it. Its acidic nature makes it the perfect anti-fungal and anti-bacterial reducing the chances of an infection.
Alternately, you can soak a cotton ball in vinegar and apply it to the corn. Cover it with a pad and sand it down the next day. It helps.
Baking Soda –
It is the cheapest remedy for corns and calluses. Baking soda is a natural exfoliant and does a great job sloughing off dead skin cells. Drop in 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in a basin of hot water and soak your legs in it.
There’s yet another way you can use baking soda. Make a paste of 1tsp baking soda, 1tsp water and a drop of lemon juice and apply it to the corn. Leave it overnight covered with a bandage. Wash it in the morning and sand down gently.
Epsom salts –
Soak your legs in a basin of warm water with Epsom salts dissolved in it. The Epsom salts helps soften the corns and calluses.
Lemon juice –
The citrus acid present in lemon juice softens the hardened skin of the corn enabling it to fall out painlessly. Cut a thin slice of lemon, just the size of the corn. Place the rind over the corn and secure it with a bandage. It also smells fresh.
Cushioned soles –
It is advisable you don’t go without socks. The skin rubs against the sides of the shoes increasing friction. If you have corns on your hands, due to riding often, wear gloves.
Comfortable shoes –
Avoid wearing shoes that are extremely tight or too loose. There should be enough room for your toes.
See a doctor –
In some, corns are symptoms of other conditions such as diabetes. It is caused due to poor circulation. You must get the corns checked by a podiatrist whether they are painful or not as the risks of infection are higher.
These are some of the ways to get rid of corns and calluses on the feet. These natural and medical remedies can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with corns and calluses.