Corns on the feet and toes are caused by rubbing, friction and possibly blocked sweat glands. In some cases, corns may simply be a cosmetic issue, causing you to have a slightly raised or rough surface on your toes or feet. In other cases, corns can be painful. If yours are painful, you are likely looking for a way to treat them. Here are three home remedies you can use to help get rid of the corns on your feet.
The acidity in vinegar helps to eat away at the hardened layer of skin that makes up a corn. There are many ways you can use vinegar to get rid of a corn on your foot. You can use a cotton swab and dab on either apple cider or white vinegar. You can soak a cotton ball in vinegar, place it over the corn and then hold it in place with medical place overnight. Or you can soak a piece of stale bread in vinegar, apply it to the corn and place a soak over your foot to hold it in place overnight. Regardless of how you attempt to do it, apply vinegar over the affected area nightly until the corn disappears.
Baking soda is a great option to naturally exfoliate the skin. This can help to loosen the rough skin that makes up the corn. Fill a basin with enough warm water to cover the affected area on your foot and then apply two or three tablespoons of baking soda to the water. Soak your foot for about 10 to 15 minutes. For faster results, use a pumice stone to lightly rub the affected area and remove dead skin cells as you soak your foot. Dry your foot and repeat this process daily.
Natural lime juice contains enzymes that help to soften the skin. Take a fresh lime and squeeze it to extract as much juice as possible. Rub the peel of the lime against the corn after cleaning the area as a natural exfoliant. After doing this for a minute or two, dab a cotton ball or cotton swab in the juice and apply it to the area. Place a band aid over the area to hold as much of the juice in place. Repeat this process up to three times a day for the best results.
Unfortunately, not every corn is easy to remove. If you have tried these home remedies and you are not feeling an improvement in the affected area on your foot or toe, you may need medical treatment. A podiatrist can offer treatments that you can not do yourself, such as over-the-counter creams, cortisone injections and even possibly out patient surgery to remove the corn. If your corn is bothering you and home remedies are not helping, call a podiatrist, such as from Laurel Podiatry Associates, LLC, to schedule and consultation and find out what treatment options may be available to you.