TLC is something we regularly omit to give to our feet and yet these wonderful inventions are what we take advantage of every day of our lives. Our feet walk many millions of miles over a lifetime and as such we should do our utmost to look after them. Conditions of the feet which occur over time due to continual wear and tear need to be checked and alleviated, one such condition being Corns. Learning how to get rid of corns on your feet is therefore simply essential for your well-being.
What are Corns?
Corns are quite literally all about the thickening of skin, otherwise known as Hyperkeratosis. There are differing types of Corn – a Hard Corn, a Soft Corn and a Seed Corn.
A hard corn is a small dense patch of dead skin which has a toughened casing above the surface and is usually found on the tops and sides of the toes (especially the little toes); these hard corns have a smaller ‘pack’ of dark skin found in the core.
A soft corn is reddish in colour on the outer edge with a thinner whitish middle surface, and is rubbery and tender to touch; these types of corn generally occur between the toes.
Seed corns are often very painful yet discrete clusters of plug-like circles of skin which usually form on the weight-bearing heel or ball part of the foot. Some seed corns occur on the sole (plantar) of the feet, and this is believed to be caused by congested sweat ducts. Due to the fact that feet spend most of their time in a moist environment (closed in between the fabric of socks and shoes) it is seen that this is an ideal condition for fungoid and bacterial infection breeding. Bacteriological infections commence when germs enter a corn through disruptions in the skin thus causing the infected skin to discharge fluid or pus. All of these disorders can worsen and make walking unbearable unless they are addressed and action taken to dissipate their formation.
What are Foot Corns Caused By?
Most corns develop due to improper walking, bad posture, the wearing of ill-fitting shoes, or rubbing and chaffing due to incorrect footwear (i.e. no socks with trainers or sandals wherein friction and/or sweating occur). You could always look to avoid making these common mistakes as a way of remedying any annoying onslaught of the Corn syndrome but indeed if you’ve already passed the point of prevention and you need to review the repair of your feet, here are a few pointers as to what you are looking for in order to know if you have a Corn coming.
How to Spot a Corn?
How to Prevent Corns
Prevention of developing corns is the most understandable and healthiest option, so try not to wear ill-fitting or high-heel shoes, always wear socks with footwear of all types (including trainers and sandals), give feet some ‘breathing space’ and a little TLC (such as foot massage, spa, reflexology) so as they are not continually in a ‘moist’ environment. Check your posture and ensure your head rests evenly over your upper body with your shoulders drawn back and aligned correctly over your hips. Relax the shoulders when you walk and keep the chin aligned with the ground, (avoid looking downward as you walk – which creates a tendency to stoop and in turn increases the pressure on your toes). Check your gait is even and balanced which in turn will result in more equilibria of weight distribution over both feet.
How to Get Rid of Corns on Your Feet
For those of you who already suffer from the manifestation of a Corn let us take a look at some of the curing treatments you can administer in the comfort of your own home.
Please note that if you suffer with disorders of fragile skin or poor circulation (including conditions such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease) you should consult your doctor or seek professional medical advice in the first instance.
Salicylic-acid is the most commonly used treatment for the curation of Corns. It is a Keratolytic, meaning it dissolves the protein (keratin) that produces both the corn and the thick conical layer of dead skin which rests atop it. Over the counter Salicylic-acid treatments are gentle and safe for most people (other than those with conditions such as diabetes and poor circulation who should seek professional advice) to use and are available in differing forms such as pads, drops, plasters and applicators. When salicylic-acid is applied to the ‘root’ of the corn it purportedly deadens the top layer of skin cells allowing for them to then be trimmed or peeled away, over time reducing the protrusion of the corn and giving relief to the pressure. That said there is abundance of treatments to choose from which you can manage at home but for a more natural acid-free remedy look at the following for inspiration.
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Natural Home Remedies
For those thinking about how to get rid of corns on your feet naturally, here are some natural remedies that might very well help you!
Castor Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar
Castor oil has been used for centuries to treat various health problems. This oil can treat pain, inflammation and other infections. Studies have shown that it kills bacteria and its acidity helps to treat inflammation. Apple cider, on the other hand, breaks down tough skin with its acids. Kills bacteria and fungi too. It’s also good at getting rid of smelly feet.
- Fill a basin with hot, soapy water.
- Add one small cup of apple cider vinegar.
- Soaking your foot (or feet) in the water for at least 15 minutes.
- Corns should be softened enough to be filed with a pumice stone (a rough piece of volcanic mineral).
- After filing, rinse away any skin debris and pat dry with a clean towel.
- Dab some castor oil onto the affected area.
- Continue treatment for a week to 10 days or until full reduction of the corn.
Before repose, cut a wedge of lemon about an inch long and place over the corn, secure with a plaster or bandage and cover with a linen or cotton sock. Continue treatment each night or during meditation/relaxation until the corn dissolves. Natural lemon acids will break down tough skin and vitamin C will revive your skin by improving collagen production. It smells great too. Tips on how to get rid of corns on feet naturally can be as simple as this one.
Aromatherapy/Essential Oil Massage
Essential oils can do wonders both to your soul and your skin. They constantly prove us that aromatherapy is powerful and can improve someone’s health significantly. Many essential oils are highly anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Therefore, can reduce inflammation. They aroma they produce helps you to relax, relieves stress and lets you stay in a moment for a little bit. That is always important when taking care of your body.
- Prepare a tincture of carrier oil (almond or grapeseed) with 2-3 drops each of Lavender, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil and blend together in a glass bottle.
- Soak feet in warm water for 5-10 minutes.
- Pat dry with a soft clean towel.
- Apply the tincture to the hands and rub hands together to develop heat.
- Commence gentle massage to one foot first and then the other.
- Ensure you massage in between toes, around ball and heel of foot and outer edges.
- Put on fresh clean socks.
- Make time to administer this treatment every 24-36 hours.
Epsom salt is named after a town in England. It contains magnesium and sulphate. This salt has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which protect skin from inflammations, infections and treats wounds. Epsom salt promotes magnesium absorption. Magnesium simply lessens foot discomfort, relaxes your muscles and nerves. Overall, it helps to prevent corn from forming the next time and keeps your body happy.
- Place a handful of Epsom salts into a basin of warm water.
- Soak feet for about 10 minutes.
- Once the dead skin has softened, use a pumice stone to gently rub off the top layers.
- Wash feet with clean water to remove dead skin cells.
- Pat dry with a clean towel.
- Rub a thick foot lotion onto your feet or alternatively use basic petroleum jelly based ointment with a couple of drops of aromatherapy essential oil (Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Lavender).
- Continue treatment each day after a bath or shower.
The crystals in baking soda works as a natural exfoliator, thus making it a very good preparation for the reduction of hard skin. It will clean your skin and get rid of all the odors. Works as good as it sounds. This treatment is best actioned before going to bed.
- Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub filled with warm water. Stir thoroughly and soak your feet in it for at least 10 minutes. Wash your feet and scrub the softened skin with a pumice stone
- Massage the Corn(s) for a few minutes with a paste prepared with three parts baking soda and one part water.
- Rinse off the paste and remove any dead skin cells by rubbing gently with a pumice stone
- Pat dry with a clean towel
- Put clean soft padded socks on to help retain overnight heat for optimum oil absorption.
How to get rid of corns on your feet? Simply follow any mixes of these remedies once daily until your feet look healthy again. None of the procedures should cause you unpleasant pain or discomfort. Therefore, make sure you’re not overdoing it. As mentioned before, it’s best to go and consult your doctor in case the corn doesn’t want to go away. It’s a good idea to do it before any treatment too. Many doctors will recommend natural remedies if the problem is not serious.
Now that you know how to get rid of corns on your feet, go and make most out of this article. Try different natural remedies and see what works best for you. In case you have any questions, comment below. Now have a nice and take care!