Sometimes our body has a weird way of armoring itself. Whenever a person wears uncomfortable and tight shoes, the skin on their toes constantly rubs against the shoe or metal rake. Because of this, the skin forms dead cells in a concentrated place as a form of armor against further damage. Pretty soon, a callus is formed, which later becomes a corn.
Most of us have experienced corns at least once in our lives. Even though they aren’t dangerous to our health, calluses, and corns can make life pretty miserable. The good news is that you can treat them with home remedies.
Home Remedies for Corns and Calluses
Corns are pretty painful and usually come in a round shape. They can easily get infected by any contact with moisture. Calluses normally develop on the sole and are much larger. They form from the pressure of your body weight when walking and can be either painful or not. Use the following natural, kitchen cabinet cures to get rid of your painful corns and calluses.
1. Castor oil and apple cider vinegar
Put hot, soapy water into a pan. Add one cup of apple cider vinegar and soak your feet in the water for a minimum of 15 minutes. This will make the calluses soft enough to be filed with a pumice stone. To use this method for corns, after soaking, put some castor oil on your feet. After about ten days, the corns should peel away.
2. Vitamin E or A
Before going to bed, prick a vitamin E or A capsule with a needle, then rub the oil into your corn. Allow the oil a few minutes to penetrate, then put on a cotton sock and go to bed. Repeat every night until the corn is gone.
Before bed, cut a slice of lemon peel the width of your toe and about an inch long. Put it over the corn and secure it with a bandage. Wear a cotton sock overnight. Repeat until the corn disappears.
Pour white vinegar into a container, over a slice of white onion. Leave the container for a day in a warm place. Before going to bed, cover the corn with the onion, using a bandage to secure it in place. The corn should be soft enough to remove in the morning, if not, repeat until it is.
Take a half a slice of stale bread and soak it in apple cider vinegar. Afterward, secure it to the affected area of your foot with adhesive tape. Wrap with plastic wrap and slip on a cotton sock. The callus or corn should disappear by morning.
Did you know you can even get rid of corns with simple medicine normally used to relieve pain? Crush about six uncoated aspirin pills and mix with equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. Once a paste is formed, apply some to the corn or callus and hold in place with a bandage. After about ten minutes, the bump should be soft and loose enough to rub off with a pumice stone.
7. Epsom salts
Another method for calluses is Epsom salts. Toss a handful into a basin of warm water, then soak your feet for at least ten minutes. This should soften the dead skin, allowing you to rub the top layers off with a pumice stone. Continue to grind the callus down a bit each day after a shower or bath. This might take a few weeks but if you try to remove the whole thing right away, it could make the callus worse.
8. Baking soda
You can also use baking soda to get rid of corns and calluses. Mix baking soda, water, and lime juice together to make a paste. Apply to the corn or callus and leave overnight. This should exfoliate the dead skin cells and help prevent infection. Repeat until the corn or callus dries up and flakes away.
Mix one tablespoon of powdered turmeric and 1.5 tablespoons of hone to make a thick paste. Apply to corn, allow time for it to air dry, and rinse with warm water. Repeating twice a day should make the corn or callus shrink in size within three days. Turmeric has both antimicrobial and healing properties. When those are combined with the soothing properties of hone, this causes your corn to heal.
Corn Removal Surgery
If your corn is just causing you way too much discomfort and you want to get rid of it instantly, there is a corn removal surgery available. The constant appearance of corns is commonly caused by other foot deformities. The aim of surgery is to fix those deformities to avoid future recurrence.