A corn is an ugly, sometimes painful, thickening of the skin. Corns develop in response to pressure. Corns usually form on or around the toes and are smaller and more focused than calluses, which are closely related. They are typically cone-shaped, characterised by a hard growth on the exterior that points down into the skin, causing pain when it hits a nerve. It is important to note that corns are symptoms and that even if removed they will return if the underlying cause is not diagnosed and treated. However, there are ways in which corns can be quickly removed.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Small tub or bucket
- Hot water
- Pumice stone
Fill a small tub or bucket with hot water, as hot as can be endured. Soak the corn for an extended amount of time. The ideal time is 20-30 minutes. If desired, keep a kettle of water on the stove, and pour more hot water into the bucket if the water begins to cool.
Sand the corn down with a pumice stone. The hot water will have made the corn soft and much easier to scrub away. Use soft strokes in the same direction, much like petting a dog. Scrape with the stone until the corn is no longer visible.
Liberally apply lotion to the affected area. This will delay reformation of the corn as long as possible. Rub the lotion into the former location of the corn as well as the area surrounding it. Cover with a sock or padded wrap.
The corn should now be removed, but it will very likely return. To prevent it from returning, discover the cause of its formation. Make sure shoes fit comfortably and are neither too tight nor too loose, with room for the toes to relax. Use non-medicated corn pads. Visit a podiatrist for an accurate assessment of potential causes and permanent treatments.
Tips and warnings
- Diabetics should consult with their doctor before any self-treatment for their feet.
- This article recommends the safest way to quickly remove corns. Other methods include cutting the corn out yourself or using chemicals (usually salicylic acid) to kill the corn. Both methods are dangerous to undertake without professional knowledge and should be avoided.
- Again, to truly remove corns, the cause must be found and treated. Otherwise, they will keep coming back.
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