Are you using ill fitted shoes or spending a long time with those tight shoes or high heels? Then you are at a risk of developing corns on your feet.
Corns occur as small circles with thick and hardened skin area that appears most commonly on the feet (on the tops or sides of the toes, between the toes and soles of the feet) which makes you walk uncomfortable.
The most common cause for these corns is the skin experiencing too much pressure and friction either due to ill fitted shoes, wearing high heels, hard soles, prolonged standing with tight shoes, walking barefoot, wearing shoes without socks, manual labor, playing sports that put pressure on your feet, etc.
People who are suffering from bunions, scars, diabetes, poor blood flow, damaged sweat glands, warts or hammertoes on their feet are more prone to suffer from corns than others.
Thick and rough skin, pain while pressing, hard raised bumps, experiencing discomfort while walking or standing are some of the symptoms of corn.
Eliminating the source of pressure or friction will definitely heal your corns. There are many natural home remedies that work well in treating your corns.
Home Remedies for Corns on Feet:
Here are the best natural remedies that help you in dealing with corns on your feet. Have a look at these remedies and follow them regularly till you cleared your problem.
Remedy – 1: (White Vinegar)
The acidic levels of white vinegar will soften the hard skin and balances your pH levels. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the risk of getting infection.
- Add 1 part of white vinegar in 3 parts of water and stir well.
- Dab this vinegar mix on the corn using a cotton ball at night before bedtime.
- Cover it with an adhesive bandage and leave it on for overnight.
- Remove the bandage in the morning and exfoliate the skin with an emery board or pumice stone.
- Dry your feet and apply some natural moisturizers (like olive oil or coconut oil).
- Continue doing the same process for once daily till the corn gets cleared from your feet.
- Or soak a slice of stale bread in apple cider vinegar. Squeeze out and place it on the corn affected part of the foot. Secure it with a tape and leave for overnight.
- Also, pour some white vinegar over white onion slices in a jar. Leave it to soak for a whole day and at night before bedtime, place those thick slices of onion on the corn and secure it with a bandage. Remove it the morning and gently rub with a pumice stone.
Remedy – 2: (Pumice Stone and Castor Oil)
Rubbing your feet with a pumice stone will help to remove dead and hardened skin, reduces the foot pain and speed up the healing process by stimulating proper blood circulation. Castor oil has amazing moisturizing, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe your skin and relieves it from the pressure. This process can be done at night before bedtime.
- Soak your feet in a comfortable hot water for about 10 – 15 minutes to soften the hard skin.
- Rub the feet (focus on corns) gently using a pumice stone for 3 – 5 minutes and dry the feet.
- Then apply castor oil on the corn and secure it with a tape.
- Leave it on for overnight and remove the bandage in the next morning.
- Apply castor oil for several times in the day and repeat the same for few days till you get relief from the problem.
Remedy – 3: (Baking Soda)
Baking soda exfoliates the skin to remove dust and dead skin covering the corn to get relief from the problem. It also exhibits antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that help to keep your skin free from infections.
- Pour 2 – 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a foot basin filled with warm water.
- Soak your feet in this water for about 10 – 15 minutes.
- Rub your affected feet with a pumice stone for few minutes to get rid of dead skin cells.
- Do the same process for once daily till you get relief from the problem.
Note: Or mix some lemon juice and few drops of water in 1 teaspoon of baking soda till it forms a fine paste. Apply it on the affected area and cover it with a bandage. Leave for overnight and wash the area with lukewarm water and exfoliate to get complete relief.
Remedy – 4: (Garlic)
Garlic has natural antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that prevent infection and corns from your feet.
- Gently rub half of a garlic clove on the corn at night before bedtime and allow the skin to dry.
- Cover the area with a band-aid and let it sit for overnight.
- Remove the band-aid in the next morning and rinse the feet with lukewarm water.
- Regular follow – up of this process will help you to get quick relief from corns on your feet.
- Or make a paste by crushing 2 – 3 garlic cloves with a pinch of salt and spread this paste on your corn and cover it with a bandage. Leave for 3 days and then remove it.
- Also, apply a paste prepared by crushing 2 – 3 garlic cloves with a little vinegar on the corn using a cotton ball. Secure it using a tape and wait for 2 – 3 hours and then remove the tape. Clean the area and repeat it.
Remedy – 5: (Licorice)
Licorice has estrogen-like substances which help to soften the layer of the hard skin that falls off the corns into the dead skin. It also contains many medicinal and healing properties that prevent the infection and promote faster healing.
- Add enough mustard oil in 1 tablespoon of licorice powder and stir well to make it as a thick paste.
- Apply this paste on the corns affected areas at night before bedtime.
- Secure it with an adhesive bandage and leave it on for overnight.
- Remove the bandage and rinse the area with lukewarm water in the next morning.
- Repeat it on every night till the corn becomes soft and gets reduced in size.
Remedy – 6: (Turpentine Oil)
Turpentine oil has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties that reduce the risk of getting soft corns into infectious. It can be penetrated deep into the skin and thus heals your corns at a faster rate.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of turpentine oil and 2 tablespoons of camphor oil in 1/4 cup of melted virgin coconut oil and keep it aside till it forms a creamy texture.
- Then soak your feet in warm water for few minutes to get soften the hard corns.
- Dry your feet and apply this cream on the corns.
- Repeat the same process 2 – 3 times daily (once at night before bedtime) till you’re corn comes out.
Note: Or wrap some ice in a thin cloth and use it to massage the corn affected area for 2 – 4 minutes. Dry the feet and apply turpentine oil on the corn. Leave it on for overnight by securing it with a bandage.
Remedy – 7: (Papaya)
Papaya has several enzymes that help to slough off hard and dead skin from your feet. It eases your pain and discomfort caused due to corns. It also dries up and falls off your corn easily and quickly.
- Extract the juice from a freshly grated small piece of raw papaya.
- Dip a cotton ball in this juice and dab it on the corn.
- Cover it with a tape and leave it for few hours to overnight.
- After that, gently exfoliate the skin using a pumice stone.
- Continue doing the same process daily till you get satisfied results.
Note: Also, consume papaya or apply its paste on the corns to get relief from the problem.
Tips and Precautions:
- Also, use over the counter lotions and corn caps to get relief from corns. In case, you are experiencing corns frequently or painful, then consult your doctor for proper diagnose and treatment.
- Pineapple peel has enzymes that help to soften the corns and makes it fall easily. Place the inner part of the pineapple peel and cover it with a bandage. Leave for overnight and remove the bandage. Rinse the area and apply some coconut oil to get rid of the problem.
- Curcumin in turmeric helps to heal corns on the skin. Just mix turmeric powder with aloe vera gel or honey and apply this paste on the corns to make it fall down easily from the skin.
- Soaking your corn affected skin area in Epsom salt mixed warm water will give relief from the problem.
- Always apply natural moisturizing agents like olive oil, cocoa butter, almond oil or coconut oil to your dry corns to soften them and to get quick relief from the problem.
- Always wear comfortable and properly fitted shoes (with extra padding) or sandals. Don’t go barefoot to any place, use protective pads or coverings over the corns to reduce the pressure and friction on the skin.
- Never ever stand too long and also trim your nails (especially toenails) to prevent pressure on the fingers.
- Don’t cut or shave corns, as it will increase the risk of infection and the problem worse. Also, for faster relief, rinse your hands and feet with mild soap and water in every evening.
Try these remedies and share your experience with us in the comments box.