Home Treatment for Corns
Corns can cause great discomfort, the good news however is that they can be treated at home using natural remedies.
Corns are relatively common and cause areas of hard, thickened skin that develop with the skin is exposed to a lot of pressure or friction. Because of this, they are often found on feet, and will likely cause pain and discomfort when you walk.
Corns are small circles of thick skin that will usually develop of the tops and sides of toes, or on the sole of the foot; however, it should be noted that they can occur anywhere. Although there are a number of different reason that corns can develop, it is usually down to wearing shoes that do not fit well. Shoes that are too big or loose will cause your foot to slide around and rub, causing corns; wearing shoe designs that place a large amount of pressure on one area of the foot, such as high-heeled shoes and finally, if you have particularly bony feet, you might find that you are more prone to them, as there is simply a lack of natural cushioning.
If they get particularly bad or painful, they might require the intervention of a chiropodist to professionally remove them, however, there are a lot of natural remedies that you can use to try and soften the skin, and allow them to heal naturally. Below are just some things that you can try yourself.
Caster oil and apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is a must in natural therapy, and has a number of health benefits, including the treatment of corns.
To use both of these ingredients, simply fill a basin or a foot bath with hot soapy water, before adding a cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak the affected foot in the water for at least fifteen minutes. Remove and dry thoroughly, before dabbing some caster oil onto the affected area. The corn should then simply peel away after approximately ten days of carrying out this treatment.
Vitamin E and A:
Both vitamin A and E are known for being great for the skin. They help to soften and moisturise skin, so there is no wonder that they are effective at treating corns.
Before you go to bed, use a needle to prick either a vitamin E or A capsule, and then rub the oil into the corn. Allow this to sit for a few minutes to begin penetrating the corn, before putting on a white cotton sock overnight. This treatment should be repeat every night until the corn has gone.
Although sleeping with lemon on your feet might not seem like an appealing idea, it really can work wonders for a corn and callouses. Before you go to sleep, simply cut off a piece of lemon peel approximately an inch long, and the width of the toe. Place this over the corn, and secure with a bandage, before covering your foot with a white cotton sock overnight.
You should continue to do this every night, until the corn disappears.
Never underestimate the power of an onion. When you eat it, it can have a number of different health benefits for your body, and it seems that this is no different when used topically as well.
To prepare your onion, you should pour some white vinegar over a slice of onion in a glass jar. Secure and leave somewhere warm during the day, and then place the onion over the corn and secure with a bandage whilst you sleep.
This starts to work very quickly, and if the corn is not soft enough to be removed in the morning, this step should be repeated nightly until it begins to soften more.
Another strange remedy, but an effective one again. We have previously spoken about the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar, so begin by soaking half a slice of stale bread in the vinegar, before securing it to the corn with some adhesive tape. Wrap some cling film around it, to keep it secure, and then wear a cotton sock overnight.
This powerful treatment gets to work very quickly, and your corn should disappear by the morning.
We should note first that this remedy is only effective on corns that are specifically on toes. However; it is really effective, and an easy way to get rid of a corn in this location.
To use, simply place a non-medicated; O-shaped corn pad around the corn, before using a cotton pad to dab a few drops of caster oil onto the corn, before covering with adhesive tape to keep it in place. It is advisable to put on a pair of socks afterwards; however, keep in mind that the castor oil can leak through, so it is best to wear old ones.
Baking soda is a powerful natural remedy, and when mixed with water, and lime juice, you can create a paste, which is really effective at removing corns naturally.
To use this paste, simply apply it to the affected area, and let it sit overnight. The baking soda will gently exfoliate the dead skin cells, and the lemon juice will keep the area free from any infection.
This should be repeated every night for between five to seven days, and you start to see the corn becoming dry, and simply flaking away.
Turmeric is a wonderful spice, and can be used to treat a number of different ailments, including the removal of corns.
To use, simply mix together one tablespoon of turmeric powder with 1.5 tablespoons of honey in order to create a very thick paste. Apply this directly to the corn, and allow to air dry. Once dry, rinse with warm water, and repeat twice a day.
In just two to three days, the corn should significantly reduce in size. The turmeric itself has great healing and antimicrobial properties, so when this is combined with honey, which is very soothing, it creates a great mixture, which will work wonders on your corn.