Corns are nothing but protective responses of your skin due to either pressure or friction over your toes or feet. Corns are usually the result of poorly fitting shoes or uncomfortable footwear worn over a long period of time leading to increased pressure on a particular area of your feet. The result is thickened skin developed in the region of friction that causes excessive pain. Although the condition is not a hazardous one, it can lead to discomfort, pain and restricted movements. Apart from ill-fitting shoes, corns can also be caused by abnormalities in gait and equipment or tools that causes increased pressure on a particular region of your feet. For treating corns and calluses, home treatment is most beneficial unless you are experiencing severe pain and need surgical intervention.
Tips to Remove Feet Corns Naturally
1) Prior to using any other modes, first of all try to remove the prime cause of the condition. As for instance, if the corn is caused by poor-fitting footwear, avoid wearing them and opt for shoes that allow for free movements.
2) To smoothen the thickened layers of the skin, use a pumice stone and gently remove the top layers of the corn. Remember to use the stone gently as removing too much skin at once may lead to infection and pain. Besides, rubbing the stone too hard may also lead to open sores at times.
3) You can also soften the skin before starting the pumice stone exfoliating process by dipping your feet in luke-warm water for 20-25 minutes.
4) Ensure that you moisturize your feet frequently to prevent the corn from becoming too dry. You can either use any good quality foot-cream or make use of castor oil focusing particularly over the corn area. The application of this oil is known to hasten the recovery process as it softens the skin making it easier for exfoliating it with the pumice stone.
5) Make a paste of baking soda, lime juice (a few drops) and some water and apply it over the corn area before going to bed. Applying this paste over the corn for 4-6 days will help it to dry off naturally.
6) Chamomile tea is another well-known home remedy for curing feet corns as it has a soothing effect on them and helps to dry sweaty feet by altering the pH of your skin. For this, place your feet in a tub containing diluted chamomile tea for 15-20 minutes.
7) Another effective foot soak for curing corns and calluses is by mixing 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda to a tub containing water. Alternately, you can also apply a paste of the soda with water over the corn area and leave it on overnight before washing.
8) You can also soften the hardened skin of the corn by dapping some vinegar solution over the area using a cotton swab and leaving the solution overnight. In the morning, you can then remove the thickened skin using the pumice stone.
9) To reduce the discomfort and decrease the swelling caused by the corn, you can also make use of ice cubes and rub it gently over the area.
10) Another natural healer that helps to alleviate the pain caused by corns and calluses is papaya. Apply mashed papaya over the corn area and leave it on overnight. In most cases, it causes the corns to fall off naturally.
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