Having a corn on your foot can be extremely uncomfortable if not taken care of. Corns on the feet are caused by pressure from wearing shoes that are too tight or from shoes that have spots where your feet rub on the inside. In order to prevent corns from occurring you need to make sure you wear loose fitting shoes that do not have any areas where your feet have constant pressure or friction. A corn on your foot is skin that has thickened in order to form a protective barrier against whatever is causing pressure on the skin. Once the corn gets large enough, it will start to cause pain and discomfort.
Once you notice a corn developing on your foot, it is necessary to stop wearing snug fitting shoes right away. Make sure to moisturize the area several times a day. Try soaking your foot in warm water mixed with salt at least once a day for 15 minutes. If you are able, soaking the foot up to 3 times a day may offer even more benefits by softening the corn even quicker. After soaking the foot, you should then use a moisturizer on the corn. Moisturize with a lotion containing lanolin, with 100% aloe vera gel or with petroleum jelly. Once a moisturizer is applied thoroughly to the area, put a pair of socks on to ensure the moisture is trapped inside. The best time to do this is at night so the foot has plenty of time to heal while you are sleeping. Once the corn is softened it can begin healing. A corn can be healed without the use of corn removal medications as long as the pressure is removed and moisturizers are used. If the corn has gotten extremely thick, it may be necessary to use a pumice stone to file down the corn and remove the top layer of dead skin. Once the thick part of the skin is removed, the soaking and moisturizing will be able to work much quicker. Try to avoid cutting into the corn to remove skin, since a secondary infection can set in.
During the day or during any time in which you must wear shoes, you should make sure to wrap the corn in order to prevent shoes from rubbing and making it worse. You can use a moleskin pad to shield the corn from the shoe. If you can, try switching shoes for a few days to see if that helps. For people who develop corns easily, it may be necessary to purchase shoes that are a little larger than you may typically wear. This will allow the foot plenty of room inside the shoe to prevent any areas of rubbing.
If you have a corn that is persistent or develops several corns at a time, it may be necessary to see your doctor. A doctor may be able to help you get rid of a severe corn quicker than you can on your own. Either way, you must treat your corn on foot before it gets worse!