When the skin experiences excessive and regular pressure, it thickens in response to this pressure. This small area of the skin that thickens is called a corn. Corns are usually round and can be painful. When the corn is exposed to moisture (from sweat), it is soft to touch. Such corns are seen in between the fourth and fifth toes on the feet, and they can easily get infected.
Remedies for Corns
1. Coconut oil:
This home remedy has been used for centuries. The oil softens the corn and makes it disappear eventually. This method to treat corns is one of the best home remedies as it is quick. You will notice results in just three to four days.
2. Soak feet in warm water:
Soaking your feet in warm water is the most common advice given by doctors for the treatment of foot corns and calluses. Warm water itself helps soften the skin, and you can add Epsom salt to it, too.
3. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar exfoliates the dead skin cells and softens the corns and calluses. It is also antibacterial in nature and will kill any bacteria that may be lurking around near the affected area.
4. Epsom salt:
Epsom salts can help relieve the pain and hydrate the dry, keratinized skin layers
- Add the Epsom salt to the warm water in the basin and soak your feet in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once the skin has softened, use the callus file or pumice stone to rub off the dead layers of skin present on top of the affected area.
Garlic is used as a home remedy for a number of ailments, including corns. This is one of the most effective home remedies to remove corns that can be best used at nights. A recent clinical trial showed that garlic causes effective removal of the corn tissue from the body.
6. Apply a baking soda paste:
The use of baking soda for treating foot corns is a popular anecdotal remedy. It is an exfoliator that helps soften the callus, thus aiding its removal.
- Mix 1 tsp of baking soda with a few drops of lemon juice and water to form a paste.
- Apply a thin layer of the paste to the corn and cover with a bandage.
- Leave it overnight and rinse in the morning with lukewarm water.
- Gently exfoliate using a pumice stone after.
7. Turpentile oil:
Use rectified turpentine oil for this particular home remedy. This oil is a rubefacient, i.e., it increases the blood circulation. It also soothes the skin and reduces irritation
- Rub the ice on the corn for two to three minutes.
- Soak the cloth in turpentine and wrap it around the corn for a couple of minutes.
8. Dab some vinegar:
Vinegar can also help soften the callus and help reduce its size, although this remedy is not supported by scientific evidence. It is suggested that the acidity of vinegar acts on the keratin and breaks it down, thus loosening the dead skin cells.
- Dilute one part of vinegar with three parts warm water.
- Apply the solution to the corn using a cotton ball. Dab it over the area for 10 minutes.
- Use a pumice stone after.
Apply a small piece of papaya on the affected area and leave it overnight. If you find it difficult to apply the piece of papaya, you can dab fresh papaya juice on the corn.
10. Banana peel:
Banana peels are used as an anecdotal remedy for treating foot corns. Users report that rubbing the inside of a banana peel helps soften the corn and makes it smaller with time. While there is no scientific evidence to it, the remedy is generally safe and may be worth a try
This is an Asian home remedy to heal corns and can be quite effective. Turmeric’s healing and antimicrobial properties, along with the soothing properties of honey, will heal the corn in just a few days.
Lemon is a very effective home remedy for corns and calluses. It has no side-effects whatsoever so you can practice it for as long as you need.
Most of the pain caused by a corn is due to pressure on the inflamed area. The hard centre of the corn is the main point where the pain originates. For relief, apply lemon juice on the corn and wait for it to dry out. Repeat it as many times as you need till the hardened centre of the corn falls out
13. Rub a potato:
Potatoes can also be used in the treatment of a foot corn. Anecdotal evidence suggests that rubbing a potato on the foot corn helps soften it, turn it black, and ultimately cause it to fall off. However, no scientific study supports the use of potatoes in the treatment of foot corns.
14. Vitamin E oil:
For overall health of your skin and hair, vitamin E oil is recommended. It is also known as an effective home remedy for corns and calluses. Applying this oil on the affected area can help in softening the hard skin by moisturizing it. Antioxidants in this oil help in healing the corn. Apply it on the corn and then cover it with a clean sock before going off to sleep. Repeat it every day till the corn is cured.
15. Exfoliate using a pumice stone:
Soak your foot in warm water and pat it dry. Gently rub a pumice stone over the softened callus in circular motions to remove dead skin. You can also use foot files and emery boards. Repeat this for a few days until the corn is gradually removed. Avoid the use of sandpapers as they can cause skin injuries.
This popular exotic fruit is enriched with medicinal properties. It is one of the most powerful remedies for corns and calluses. You can use fresh pineapple peels for this purpose. Cut a small piece of the peel and keep it on your corn and secure it with a bandage. Keep it on overnight and remove the bandage in the morning. Apply some coconut oil over the affected area. Repeat it till you get relief.
17. Use lamb’s wool:
Place some lamb’s wool instead of cotton between your toes to manage the symptoms of soft corns.