Noticing and Removing Corns
Corns are caused by repeated friction and pressure but can be fixed with some simple solutions at home. There are a few different types of corns so it will be helpful to know the type of corn you have before investing in over the counter care. A hard corn is a small area on your toe where the skin has thickened and died. When you have a soft corn, you may notice thinner skin on the 4th or 5th toe. Lastly, a seed corn is a tiny and tender callous more likely to form on the bottom of your foot.
Home remedy ideas:
- Pumice Stone ~ Soak your feet to soften the skin and gently rub a wet pumice stone across the corn. Repeat until it becomes smooth.
- Cornstarch ~ Sprinkle a little on the corn to eliminate moisture which keeps toes dry.
- Baking Soda ~ Mix with hot water and soak your feet for 10 minutes per day. This should remove the dead skin and take the corn with it.
- Vinegar ~ Another good soaking treatment. Use a cotton ball with vinegar and attach it to the corn overnight. The following morning use the pumice stone to rub it off.
- Separate Toes ~ If you use cotton balls in between your toes it should help the corns breath and stop rubbing which could help them to disappear on their own.
- Pineapple ~ Oddly enough there are enzymes in the rind that help to soften the corn. Simply attach a piece overnight to the area. Repeat for three nights and it should go away on its own.
- Moisturize ~ Apply any high-end moisturizer to the corn and surrounding area to keep skin soft for 3 to 4 days.
Remember that these remedies may not be reliable or certain to work, but that is what we are here for. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee has locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Forest Hills NY, Flushing NY, Woodhaven NY and Brooklyn NY. If your corn becomes extremely painful or appears infected do not hesitate to call us at 201-363-9662 and make an appointment with our team of professionals today!