Corns are areas of hard and thickened skin that are formed as a result of excessive rubbing, friction and pressure on the foot. Corn mostly affects the feet. They form on the sides and top of the toe and under the feet.
They are caused by walking and running in ill fitting shoes, standing for a long period of time in high heeled shoes, walking without shoes, wearing shoes without socks and engaging in activities that put pressure on the feet.
How do you know you have Corns?
When you notice hard and rough skin with raised bumps which are painful when you are standing or walking then you have corns.
How are Corns Treated
Corns can be treated by eliminating the source of pressure on the foot, using over the counter treatment and lotions. Antibiotics can be prescribed by the doctor for the treatment of corns when it becomes infected and there is pus in the corns.
How Can Corns be treated using Home Remedies?
- Soak the affected foot in warm water for a few minutes and gently scrub the corn and surrounding area with a pumice stone. Dip cotton wool in castor oil to put on the corn and use a bandage to hold it in place till the following
morning. After removing the bandage, keep applying the castor oil several times during the day. Continue with this treatment until the corn goes away.
- Dissolve 2 tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl of warm water and soak the affected foot in it for some minutes. Gently scrub the corn with a pumice stone. The baking soda has antifungal and antiviral properties that will help keep the corn from getting infected.
- One part of white vinegar can be mixed with 3 parts of water to treat corns. Rub on the corn and cover with bandage overnight. Exfoliate the corn with pumice in the morning and apply coconut oil on the corn, use daily until the
You can also treat corns with lemon juice. Rub the juice on the corn and leave it on, do this three times daily and the corn will eventually flake off.
Corns can be prevented by wearing well fitted shoes. You can also wear cushioned insoles in your shoes to pad your feet so as to prevent pressure building up in a particular spot.