Corns are the hard and thickened dead skin that appears on the feet causing severe pain when applied force or pressure on it. This is caused when the skin is exposed to excessive pressure or friction on the foot.
The common causes of corns are wearing ill-fitted shoes for long time, standing or walking with a bare foot, wearing high heals, wearing shoes with out socks, exposing your feet to the dust while participating in sports activities or manual labour, etc.
The symptoms of corns are thick and hard skin in a circular shape which raises into a bump at first. Then it slowly develops into a corn with several layers on the feet. This creates a great discomfort while walking and standing or when pressure is applied on it.
The only thing that we can do is to avoid or eliminate the sources of pressure or friction to get rid of the pain and one has to consult a dermatologist to get permanent cure or can use medications, lotions or corn caps that are available in the market.
Meanwhile one can follow few home remedies to treat them naturally. The following are few that can be used to get rid of the corns on the feet…
To remove the corn effectively, use pumice stone. Rub gently on the affected area with the pumice stone to remove the dry skin. Before that soak the feet in the hot water before gong to bed for atleast 10 minutes. The skin on and around the corn becomes soft and allows you to remove the corn easily. Also dip a cotton ball in the castor oil and apply it on the corn. Wrap it with a tape in order to make the cotton steady and immovable. Repeat this everyday to remove the corn easily even if it takes some time to cure it completely.
The most effective and tested home remedy is the white vinegar. Its acidic nature helps to soften the dried and tough skin. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties helps the affected area free from causing bacteria in and around the corn. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture of white vinegar and water (1:3 ratio) and apply it on the corn area. Cover it with a bandage and leave it over night. The next day remove the bandage and rub it with the pumice stone gently. Repeat this remedy several times in a day until the corn is removed.
Baking soda is a natural agent which helps the corn on the feet to become and dry and fall off. It’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties makes the healing process faster. Add 3 tsps of baking soda into a tub of warm water and soak your feet in the water for atleast 1/2 an hour. This softens the skin and then rub the corn gently with the pumice stone to remove the corn.
Alternatively, add 1 tsp of baking soda, few drops of lemon juice and water to make it a fine paste. Apply this paste on the corn and cover it with a bandage overnight. Remove the bandage and rinse it off with the warm water. Later on rub gently with the pumice stone to remove the dead skin and make the corn fall off easily.
The acidic nature of the lemon allows you to treat the corn on the feet effectively. Apply the juice of fresh lime on the affected area to soften the dead skin and to get rid of the corn easily. Do this daily until the corn is dried and ready to fall off.
Alternatively, soak 2 pieces of cloves in 1 tsp of lemon juice for 15 minutes. Remove the cloves and the apply this juice on the corn and let it dry. Repeat this several times until you get the positive results.
Garlic acts as a strong antiseptic to treating the cons effectively. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties allows you to get rid of the infections on the skin around the corn. Rub a half piece of garlic on the corn directly and let it dry. Repeat this many times to make the skin soft and until the corn vanishes.
Alternatively, prepare a thick paste of 2 to 3 cloves and add a pinch of salt to it. Apply this paste directly on the corn and wrap it with a bandage. Leave the bandage for atleast 3 days. When you remove it on the 4th day, you can see the corn coming out along with the bandage. If you think that the corn is not removed, repeat the process again until it is removed completely.
Turpentine oil works as a strong antiseptic solution to treat the corns on the feet. It penetrates into the skin easily and helps the infection to get healed faster. Wrap an ice cube in a thin and clean cloth and clean the affected area. Let it dry and apply a drop of turpentine oil on it and leave it overnight.
Alternatively, melt 1/4th cup of extra virgin coconut in an oven. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil and 2 tsps of camphor oil to it. Let the solution get cool and apply this directly on the corn so that the corn is removed completely.
These are the few top home remedies that can be followed at home with no cost. There are many other remedies such as banana, onion, castor oil, etc to remove the corn efficiently. If these are not working to remove the corn, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist to get rid of the corn on the feet.