Soft corns are moist and elastic and are usually formed between the fingers, when the bone of one finger presses against the neighboring bone. Both soft and hard corns are cone-shaped, pointing inside the leg (what you see is the cone). When wearing certain shoes, corns may become sensitive and painful.
Corns are not caused only by shoes; here are some other possible causes:
– socks made of lycra or other synthetic fabrics
– walking barefoot on hard surfaces;
– people with flat feet are more likely to develop corns;
– sensitive feet skin;
– diabetics and people with circulatory problems should never ignore the appearance of corns.
There are several things you can do to reduce the discomfort cause by corns. However, if after trying these remedies calluses persist, you have to go to specialist. If you have diabetes or other diseases that affect blood circulation, do not wait for the disease to get worse, you must see a specialist immediately (dermatologist).
1. Playing the detective
It often happens that corns cannot come to the surface because the high pressure and friction have led to the formation of the so-called “dead skin caps”. The solution is to eliminate all causes of friction and wear the right shoes.
2. Cutting your nails
The role of the nail is to protect the toe from injuries. But if the pressure applied on the nail by the tip of your shoe is extensive, it can lead to deformities of the toe joint and thus to the formation of the corn. To avoid this type of pressure you should always cut your nails, following the toe shape.
3. Soaking the feet in warm water
Although eliminating the cause is essential, the sharp pain cause by the corn can be treated. Soak the affected foot in warm salted water, then apply a nourishing cream and wrap the foot in a plastic bag. Hold it there for several hours. Remove the bag and gently rub the corn with a pumice stone.
4. Do not cut the corn!
For the health of your legs you must avoid cutting corns, even if the pharmacist advises you to. Cutting corns can cause painful infections and bleeding, so it’s a risky action.
5. Create space between the toes
For the removal of corns located between the toes it is essential to separate them using a cotton ball.
6. Wrap your foot
If you know you will need to walk for a long time, or you go for a run, wrap your fingers using a patch in order to reduce friction.
7. Choosing the right shoes
Corns can form if the shoe size is not adequate.
1. Baking soda
One of the best ways to treat corns is by mixing baking soda into some warm water. It helps to remove dead skin and it heals the weft. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl full of water and soak your feet for 15 minutes. You can also rub the corns with a paste made from three parts baking soda and one part water.
2. Chamomile tea
Soaking the feet in diluted chamomile tea will help to soothe the skin and temporarily change its PH, determining the healing of the corn. The tea will stain the skin but it can be easily cleaned using soap and water.
Soak a piece of cotton in vinegar and apply it on the corns; leave it overnight. In the morning rub the area with a pumice stone.
Pumice powders are used for cleaning the skin and help when trying to remove “dead skin”. After you soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes, use a pumice stone to remove calluses.
Corns areas are often painful. If you find that you have a painful corn, apply ice on its surface because it will reduce swelling and reduce pain.
6. Lemon juice
Make a paste from one tablespoon of lemon juice and 5-6 crushed aspirin tablets. Apply the paste directly on the corn and wrap the foot in a plastic bag. Keep the foot wrapped for 10 minutes, and then remove the corn using a pumice stone.