Corns and calluses on the toe and foot region are painful hardening of the skin. The upper layer of the skin gets thick due to constant pressure and friction. Corns could arise due to numerous reasons: improper footwear and your immune system etc mainly responsible for corns and calluses. The main difference between corns and calluses are that corns are smaller and arise mainly on the toes while calluses are bigger and arise on the soles of the feet. Here are best corn removal remedies that are as effective as corn removal surgery if not more.
1. Soak the affected part in hot water everyday
This is one of the most important home remedies for corn removal on feet and toes. Soak the affected foot in a bowl of hot water for 10-15 minutes. This will soften the skin. Now, use a file or abrasive stone such as pumice stone to scrub the dead skin away. Do this for several weeks until the corn falls off.
2. Use salicylic acid plaster or OTC corn caps
Over the counter salicylic plasters or corn caps can also be used as one of the home remedies for corn removal in foot or toes. 40% salicylic acid plaster may be applied to cleansed feet directly on the corn. Leave the plaster on overnight or for at least 3-4 days. In many cases, the plaster will fall off on its own along with the corn. Alternatively, remove the plaster and scrub the whitened skin with pumice stone or a foot scrub file. Repeat the remedy in case of stubborn corn or calluses. Avoid using 40% salicylic acid in case you are diabetic.
3. Use ammonium lactate 12% lotion to keep calluses at bay
Over the counter ammonium lactate 12% lotion will soften the feet up and keep calluses and corns in check. Soak your feet in hot foot bath and scrub the dry and hardened skin with a nail file or pumice stone. Dry your feet before applying ammonium lactate 12% lotion or OTC Carmal lotion. This home remedy for corn and calluses will keep your feet soft and free from corn and calluses.
4. Use licorice paste in oil
This is one of the proven Grandma’s home remedies for corn removal on bottom of the foot. Crush some licorice sticks and make a paste of its powder with some sesame oil or olive oil. Apply the paste to the corn on the bottom of the foot at bedtime. Do this daily until the corn softens and drops off.
5. Slice away the corn with lemon
Cut a small piece of lemon and tie it to the corn leaving it on the foot overnight. Use this home remedy for corn on the toes several times a week to soften the corn naturally.
6. Ivy treatment
Crush or grind some Ivy leaves and soak the paste of the leaves in vinegar. Leave this as is for a few hours. Next, dip a piece of clean cotton wool in the vinegar solution and apply it on the corn. Bind the corn and leave the ivy solution for several hours or overnight. Replace the bandage after few hours using fresh ivy vinegar solution. Repeat treatment until the corn drops off.
7. Use pulverized onion or garlic poultice
Crushed onion juice and onion pieces as well as crushed garlic pieces tied in the form of a poultice on the corn also work to give the same results as that of lemon slice. Tie the crushed bits of these and use it for several days until the corn falls off.
8. Turpentine treatment for corns
Rectified turpentine is one of the best home remedies for corn removal. Apply rectified turpentine on the corn and wrap the corn with a bandage. Repeat treatment for several days until the corn softens and falls off.
It is important to use proper footwear for prevention of corns and calluses. Also continue using preventive home remedies to stop the corn in its tracks. Such remedies include soaking the feet in hot water for half an hour daily before filing away the dead and dry skin. Use some herbal foot cream or oil to massage into the feet. Cover your feet with socks at bedtime to seal in the moisture. This will help keep the skin soft and prevent calluses and corns. Use some mild talcum powder daily after bath in between the toes on soft corns to prevent them from hardening.
10. Corn removal surgery
In some cases, the corn is severe and cannot be removed using aforementioned home remedies. In such a case, corn removal surgery may be the only option. Corn removal surgery video is available here-(note- the images are graphic). You must keep the surgical site dry following the corn removal surgery- avoid bathing the site until stitches are removed. This is important to avoid infections. Corn removal surgery can cost anywhere from $50 to $155 depending on the size, extent, depth and location of the corn as well as your age, where you live and your insurance company.
Corns and calluses can be exceedingly painful. Avoid using hard or tight footwear and use the above mentioned preventive home remedies for corn removal treatment. You can also use Homeopathic home remedies to get rid of corn quickly.