Who doesn’t love pretty and dainty feet? Feet that look extremely clean and leaves one wondering whether you get a pedicure every day?
Well, the feet are really a part of your personality, many of us choose to ignore taking care of them and as a result, end up developing unsightly stuff such as cracks on our heels or worse, painful corns!
In this article we will talk all about corns, how they are caused and the symptoms. We will also try and give you some home remedies that will work to remove these painful items from your feet and make them look pretty again.
What is a Corn?
Corns on the feet are actually calluses and mostly appear on your toes. This is because when there is a continuous irritation, the skin on your toes will begin to thicken and harden. When this happens, the defensive mechanism of your skin kicks in and due to the chronic friction or pressure, it starts to develop as corns.
If you leave the corns unchecked, these can become very painful and can sometimes make walking difficult too. Most people who get corns will try and remove them at home, but sometimes for those who have diabetes or other conditions, the removal can inhibit the circulation and you might have to immediately seek treatment or advice from a medical professional.
The section below will tell you the main reasons you might end up getting these painful corns:
Here are five common causes that might lead to corns
- Wearing the wrong footwear: If you wear footwear that is not your size, you may end up getting corns because your feet might not be used to the unnatural pressure generated by wearing a wrong size. These are fairly easy to get rid of and usually wearing the right size shoe will help
- Walking barefoot: Over the years we have gotten used to walking on the floor in proper footwear. If we suddenly stop using footwear, our feet will have difficulty handling the pressure from the floor or the ground and you may start developing corns.
- Playing certain sports like Tennis: Playing tennis is also one common cause of corns in your feet. Tennis is a sport that requires huge amount of running and maneuvering and if you wear wrong footwear, you may not only injure yourself, but also end up developing corns
- Running: Another common way you might get corn is by wearing improper footwear while running. Unnecessary and unnatural pressure will cause corns
- Conditions like flat foot: People who have flat foot have a lot of pressure on their feet and this may sometimes cause corns. For people who have flat foot, they should necessarily wear footwear that will support their arches and hence prevent pressure on their feet.
These are some of the most common causes of corns on your feet. Before the corns are fully developed, there are also some symptoms. The section below will give you the symptoms that will eventually lead to corns.
- Hardened skin: When you see that your skin has hardened at certain places, it is a sign that a corn might develop in that area
- Small and rounded cones on the skin: Small conical formations on the skin are signs that you might get a corn in that area. A corn usually develops in that way and then hardens further
- Dry and Flaky skin: Sometimes your skin will start getting dry and flaky in certain regions. In such a case, you need to moisturize that area specifically and take special care of it. This is a sign that a corn might be developing in that area
- Painful walking: If you have a developing corn, you might get pains while walking or while performing any other activity. This is again a sign that you are getting a corn.
When you observe the symptoms above, you should immediately try and mitigate these. Like they say, prevention is always better than cure. Here are some home remedies that will help alleviate the pain of corns:
Easily Available Home Remedies:
Instead of going for medicines or worst, a surgery, here are some home remedies you can try to get rid of those painful corns on your feet.
1. cold compress
Things you need: A cold compress or a bag of peas (in case you can’t lay your hands on a cold compress)
- Take the cold compress bag (or the bag of peas)
- Apply it on specific areas where you can see the corns
How it works: The cold compress helps to reduce the inflammation of the corn and with regular use your corn will start decreasing.
Tip: You should be very consistent with the application of the cold compress, only then the pain and the inflammation of the corn will reduce.
2. olive oil
Things you need: Olive oil
- Olive oil can be rubbed on the affected area and this will help the corn to get softened
How it works: Olive oil is a very good moisturizing agent. When it is constantly rubbed over the corn, it will soften the corn and hence help remove it.
Tip: Use this oil every day for about a month to actually see your corn soften.
3. lemon juice
Things you need: A few slices of lemon and a tape
- Cut a slice of lemon and hold it in place where the corn is there.
- Use the tape to fix the lemon on the affected area.
- The lemon juice from that piece should soak the corn.
- Keep it overnight and wash off the affected area in the morning
How it works: lemon juice helps to soften and lighten the corn.
Tip: Use this remedy for at least three weeks to see your corn disappear.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Things you need: Some apple cider vinegar and a tub where you could soak your feet
- Add some raw and organic apple cider vinegar in a tub full of warm water.
- Soak your feet in it for at least 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
- You can even use cotton balls dipped in organic apple cider vinegar and tape it to your corn.
How it works: Apple cider vinegar can destroy bacteria and make your feet smell good. They are also very good at softening the corns which can then be removed using a pumice stone.
Tip: Always buy organic apple cider vinegar because it contains powerful enzymes. The ones that are synthetic are not as potent as the organic one.
5. baking soda
Things you need: Baking soda powder and a warm tub of water
- Add two teaspoons of baking soda in a tub of water
- Let your feet soak in it for some time
- Wash off with plain water after the soak
How it works: Baking soda helps get rid of corns instantly because it has certain properties that work to remove the corn from your feet. It will not only soften it, but also make it lighter in appearance
Tip: Baking soda is a great way to get pedicure for your feet. It will make your feet look fresher and cleaner
6. Aloe Vera
Things you need: The gel from an aloe vera plant
- Use the aloe vera gel and apply on the corn.
- Use a tape to fix the gel and the corn and apply it on regular intervals
How it works: Aloe vera has zinc and vitamin C that helps to reduce the inflammation on the skin and also reduce the hardness of the corn
Tip: Use pure aloe vera gel as far as possible for best results
7. chamomile tea
Things you need: Very diluted solution of chamomile tea in a tub of warm water
- Chamomile tea can be a great way to soothe and soften the hard skin in the corn.
- The tea will surely stain your feet, but you can easily wash it off with cold water to remove the stains
How it works: Chamomile tea’s properties make it a very gentle cleanser that can clean and reduce the hardness of the corn. Timely usage will help to reduce the corn and ultimately help remove it too.
Tip: Use a very diluted solution of chamomile tea for best results
8. Witch Hazel
Things you need: Witch hazel extract and a tub of warm water
- Soak your feet in the warm water with witch hazel extract
- Let it soak for at least 30 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water
How it works: Sometimes there are corns that are very sticky and removing this stickiness is important to remove the corn. Witch hazel extract helps in drying out the skin and will hence remove the stickiness that is associated with the corn.
Tip: Witch hazel extract may not be easily available and hence it is important to make sure
9. Coconut Oil
Things you need: Some warm coconut oil for massage on your feet
- Rub some warm coconut oil on the affected areas and wear cotton socks over your feet overnight.
- Wash off in the morning with warm water
How it works: Coconut oil is a very good moisturizer and helps to remove the hardness of the corns and also heals dry and cracked skin
Tip: For best results for your corns, always use corn overnight and make sure you wash your feet before going out. Coconut oil attracts dust particles
Things you need: Rolled or unrolled oatmeal that has been soaked overnight and then made into a paste
- Use the oatmeal paste and scrub your feet with it.
- The oatmeal is white gentle so you can focus on the areas that have the corns
How it works: Oatmeal is an excellent exfoliator and can help reduce the roughness of the skin and also the hardness of the corns. Use it to get baby soft skin on your feet
Tip: Soak the oats overnight and then make a paste. This way it will be easier to make the paste out of the oats
11. Calendula Oil
Things you need: Calendula oil
- The calendula oil could be applied on the affected corn
- You could put a bandage over it and remove it in the morning
How it works: The calendula oil wrap helps to moisten and soften the corn. Once the corn becomes softer, it will one day soften and disappear
Tip: The calendula oil must be used at frequent intervals for the corn to reduce
12. Ice Pack
Things you need: An ice pack or a bag of peas that can also serve as an ice pack (in case you can’t lay your hands on an ice pack easily)
Directions: Take the ice pack (or the bag of peas) and apply it on specific areas where you can see the corns
How it works: The cold compress from the ice pack helps to reduce the inflammation of the corn and with regular use your corn will start decreasing
Tip: You should be very consistent with the application, only then the pain and the inflammation of the corn will reduce. Use it several times in a day for about 15 minutes on the affected area
13. Basil leaves
Things you need: A paste made from fresh basil leaves or a foot soak made with basil leaves
- If you are making a paste of basil leaves, then dab a cotton ball and use it to dab the basil paste to the affected areas.
- Or you can also add basil leaves to a tub of warm water and soak your feet in it
How it works: The basil leaves’ properties help to make your skin softer and smoother and also reduce the hardness of the corns
Tip: Use fresh basil leaves to make the paste because this will work better than using older basil leaves
Things you need: Roasted and powdered cinnamon and limestone powder
- Make a paste out of the roasted and powered cinnamon and limestone powder.
- Apply this on your corns
How it works: The paste is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and helps to make the corn a little softer so that it can be easily removed
Tip: You can also buy cinnamon powder instead of using a fresh stick, but roasting and then powdering the stick will be more effective than buying powder from the market
15. Coriander Leaves
Things you need: Coriander leaves that is then made into a paste
- Make a paste out of the coriander leaves and apply this paste strategically to your corns.
- Dab carefully.
- This might stain your feet, but they work very well to remove the corns
How it works: Corianders’ properties also make it a very good product to stop the inflammation and pain that is associated with a corn
Tip: Make a paste from fresh leaves to get the most out of the paste and cure your corns faster
So all the above are the best home remedies to get rid of your corns and in a much faster time. Sometimes, if left untreated, corns might end up getting so painful that you might find it difficult to even walk. So the best possible way to not get corns at all is to pay close attention to your feet and pamper them. The below section will give you a brief on the best ways you can prevent corns from occurring on your feet.
Prevention of Corns:
They say that prevention is better than cure, and in the case of corns this is very true because corns can be painful as well as unsightly and you may have so much trouble walking or even performing daily functions on your foot that you will hate yourself for not preventing them. So here are some tips that will help you prevent corns:
- Always wear shoes that are comfortable and are not too narrow or tight-fitted. These might not only constrict the blood flow in your foot but also put unnatural pressure on your foot, thus causing corns and hardness.
- Toes are most susceptible to corns and you should avoid wearing heels for longer period of time. Kick off your heels when you do not have to do much walking around.
- Choose a shoe that fits you well and if you suffer from problems like flat feet, you should wear shoes that support your arch. It will not only make your walking comfortable but also prevent corns.