Corns develope when your feet experience extra pressure from too-tight shoes. Your body will attempt to cushion the tight grasp by developing a thick layer of skin where the shoes press the hardest. Women often get corns on their little toes from wearing narrow high heels every day. Corns are generally not dangerous unless they get infected, but they can look unsightly and hurt when pressed. Fortunately, you can self-treat your corns at home quickly and even prevent them from reoccurring without having to resort to surgery.
Change the shoes you wear. Women who wear heels should switch to flat or low-heeled shoes that have a wide toe-box to prevent corns from developing on the little toe. Relieving the pressure on your corns will help them disappear in about two weeks or less.
Slice a lemon into a very thin slice and place it over the corns. Adhere it with a bandage, but not too tightly.
Leave the lemon slices on your feet every night while you sleep. The lemons will soften the skin and slough off the corn over time.
Wash off the lemon in the morning and scrub your corns with a pumice stone. Do not break the skin, or you could experience some stinging pain and possibly an infection.
Dry your feet and place a non-medicated corn pad on your corns before you put on your shoes. The pad will prevent further irritation.
- Consult your doctor if you have diabetes or infected corns, since you may need alternative treatment.
- Never attempt surgery at home on your corns.