Corns develop from pressure. A thick layer of skin builds to protect the foot wherever the pressure rests, and the centre becomes hardened. A corn will appear firm and thick, but have a yellow ring with a grey centre, and a soft corn will appear as an open sore. Following the right precautions will aid in removing the calluses, but home remedies are never a guarantee in completely healing a corn. For best results, consult with your doctor to treat the corns on your feet.
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Things you need
- Pumice stone
- Cotton balls or lambs' wool
- Corn pads
Wear shoes that fit properly. If you tend to wear high heels or shoes that do not fit well, you may develop corns on your feet. To get rid of the corns, you will need to avoid wearing the shoes that caused them to form.
Remove the dead skin around the corn. Soak your feet in warm water for at least 20 minutes a day. Use a pumice stone to remove the dead skin on and around the corn.
Place cotton balls or lambs' wool between your toes. When corns form between your toes, you will need to keep your toes from rubbing against each other.
Use over-the-counter corn pads. Use a non-medicated pad during the day to remove the corns. Consult with your doctor before using a medicated pad to prevent irritating the skin on your feet, which can cause you to be susceptible to an infection.
See an orthopaedic specialist to treat the corns on your feet. Sometimes people have health problems that cause the corns to form, and these conditions need treated by a medical doctor. If simple remedies do not work, you will also want to consult a doctor to remove the bothersome corns for you.
Tips and warnings
- Always consult with a doctor before treating a corn yourself. Any remedies may cause irritation, and they are not always guaranteed to work.
- Avoid shoes that cause pressure to build in the toes. Shoes that allow the weight to distribute evenly and that do not cause friction will aid in not irritating the corns.
- Do not try to cut or remove the corn yourself with a sharp object.
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