How to Remove Corns on the Balls of Feet

Updated April 17, 2017

Corns are extra pieces of thick skin that build up on your feet. They come in two types: hard and soft. Soft corns are mostly found between your toes, and hard corns on the balls of your feet or on the edge of your last toe. They can be painful in both forms when put under pressure through walking. Removing corns by yourself can sometimes be dangerous, and it is suggested that you see a doctor if you would like them cut off. There are a few things you can do, however, that can ease the pain of corns and perhaps even make them go away.

Stop wearing the offending shoes. If you are a woman, stop wearing high heels, as they put pressure on the balls of your feet, causing the corn to form. Make sure all your shoes fit correctly and are comfortable. Even if you manage to get rid of the corn, if you continue to wear ill-fitting shoes it will come right back.

Soak your feet in warm, soapy water to soften the corn. After your soak, dry off your foot and rub the corn with a pumice stone or washcloth to remove a layer of skin. Do not try to remove the whole area at once, but space it out over time.

Use over-the-counter corn pads while wearing shoes to prevent irritation. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, do not use medicated corn pads, as they may cause irritation and infection.

Moisturise your feet and keep them soft to prevent more corns and calluses from forming.

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