Corns are little circles of thick and hardened skin that manifest when the skin is exposed to extreme pressure or friction. They commonly form on the upper part of the toe or between toes. Corns appear waxy, dry and discolored. Unlike calluses which are entirely made of dry and hardened skin that point outward, corns have central hardened bumps that point inward and can cause severe pain when they press on the nerves.
Corns can develop from wearing ill-fitting shoes, wearing high heels, walking without shoes, wearing shoes without socks or even engaging in sports or physical activities that exert too much pressure on the feet. This article will discuss how to treat a corn. Corns can be treated either by use of home remedies or through medical treatments.
Home Remedies for Treating Corns.
soak the affected part in warm water for 10 minutes to soften and then rub it gently using a pumice stone for three to five minutes. Pat dry your feet and apply some lotion. Repeat the procedure until the corn disappears.
As a natural exfoliating agent, baking soda can effectively help in getting rid of the hardened skin covering the corn. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with a basin of warm water and soak your feet or hands in it for ten minutes. You can then use a pumice stone to rub the corn gently until the hardened dead skin disappears. You can also prepare a baking soda, lemon and water paste and apply it to the corn. Cover it using a bandage and leave it overnight. Remove the bandage the next morning and rub of the dry skin.
Cut three garlic cloves into tiny pieces; add a pinch of salt and one part of water to prepare a paste. Put the paste on the affected part and secure it with a clean cloth or bandage for a whole night. Repeat the procedure until the corn comes off.
Cut a fresh papaya and extract some juice from it. Dip cotton wool into the juice and place it on the corn. Secure it with a tape and leave it for a night. Remove the cotton wool the next morning and try to clean off the dry skin. Repeat the procedure until you get desired results.
Medical Treatments for Corns
This should be done by an experienced GP or doctor using a scalpel. Don’t try it yourself because it could lead to injury or infection.
This involves the use of patches that contain 40% salicylic acid. They can be purchased over the counter, but the doctor will inform you of how many times you need to replace the patch. Doctors may recommend the use of pumice stone to rub the corn before applying the patch. Doctors may also prescribe the use of antibiotic ointments to lower the risk of infection.
If the corns are a result of an underlying deformity, doctors may prescribe use if custom-made padded shoe inserts to prevent the recurrence of corns after treatment.
Corns may not be that dangerous since they are body’s defense mechanisms. Using home remedies to treat corns is the best way since it is simple and inexpensive but if they are inflamed, painful or infected, it is wise to seek medical help.