Foot Corns Removal Guide – Causes and Cures

You have a foot corn. Are you sure?

Q: Do you have an area of hard, thickened skin that was probably caused as a result of pressure, or friction?

A: Foot corns are a fairly common problem that we have with our feet. Apart from looking rather unattractive, they hurt! You can spot a corn because the skin is a lighter colour compared to normal.

Q: Where on the foot do you get them?

A: Corns appear on the balls of the foot, under the big toe and on the tips of your toes. You can even get the darn things forming as soft corns between the toes where sweat keeps the skin moist. The foot corns are painful when they become inflamed from pressure and they swell and turn red.

Symptoms of Foot Corns:

  • Thickened patch of hard skin on the foot.
  • A small hard bump of skin with a central core.
  • Soft corns of white, rubbery skin.
  • Painful when friction is applied to the area.
  • Wearing tight shoes causes discomfort.
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Can foot corns be avoided? Well, if you know how they come about, then you can avoid those things that make them form. If you know what causes a foot corn you might be better off creating a way to avoid them.

Major Causes of Foot Corns:

  • Pressure is one of the main causes of foot corns.
  • Wearing tight footwear, which causes that pressure, especially on the sides of the toes.
  • Friction from rubbing will get a foot corn started.
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    Poor foot hygiene, while not a direct cause, certainly can contribute to corns.
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    High heeled shoes push the toes into a squeeze, this causes friction and will lead to corns developing.
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    Wearing tight socks or stockings puts pressure on the ball of the foot when walking.
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    Wearing loose sandals allows your foot to slide around which is friction and can cause foot corns. Sandals also poses risks for corn development because sandals rub against the foot in many areas that includes in between toes and on the back of the heels.

Treatment for Foot Corns

  • Natural Remedies

Now we have told you how you get foot corns, and how to avoid them if possible, the next step is to provide a few solutions to help you get rid of them if you are unfortunate enough to be suffering from any.

Vinegar to cure corn

Vinegar – Soak a cloth or bandage in vinegar and wrap it around the corn or callused area. Wrap the foot in a plastic bag so as to keep the moisture in and keep the bedsheets dry. Sound silly? Yep, but naturists swear by this method.

Chamomile Tea to cure corn

Chamomile Tea and Warm Water – This method even sounds relaxing. Pretty simple. Fill a basin or bucket with warm water and add the chamomile tea. Soak your feet in the solution and relax for about 15 minutes. Wrap each foot in plastic. Put on a nice warm pair of socks. After your morning shower, scrub the corns off.

Banana Peels for corn

Banana Peels – Yes, the peel of a banana has special enzymes that help to thin corns. Apply the banana peel inside to the area, wrap them up for the night, remove the peels in the morning and rub the corns off. Try not to slip on the banana skin during the night. 

  • Physical Attack

Self Surgery – bathe the foot in warm to hot water to soften the skin. Using a special callus removing blade you can buy at a pharmacy, carefully shave off the dead skin. Don’t hurry. Be careful.

Abrasion – by using an abrasive pad or cloth regularly will eventually lessen the callused area and keep the corn under control.

Corn Remover – Pumice stone and foot files can be purchased at a pharmacy or even a supermarket. Just be careful when rubbing dry skin. The cells are still sensitive and can be painful if you’re too rough.

  • Over the Counter

Medical Strips – Apply one of these strips that contain salicylic acid over the area. Follow the instructions on the packet. Painless and quick.

Note: not all doctors are keen on prescribing or suggesting salicylic acid based applications (see Here)

  • Orthotics

You may be prescribed custom-made padded shoes if you have an underlying foot problem to do with bone structure or tendons.

Conclusion

Many people suffer from foot corns, and while they are unsightly and painful at times, getting rid of them is not all that difficult. As with most methods, prevention is the best medicine.

Wearing proper fitted shoes, wearing good socks, and practising sensible foot hygiene will go a long way towards avoiding callused areas and foot corns. It might be an idea to look at cushioned inserts in your shoes as another means of stopping unnecessary friction.

Paul Smith
 

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