Home Remedies for Corns

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It truly pays to wear shoes and accessories that fit. Let’s take your feet for instance. Try to squeeze your foot into a pair of heels that are even one-half size smaller, and you’ll face the wrath of painful growths on your feet and toes. Luckily, you can minimize their appearance by embracing a couple of home remedies for corns.

corns on feet

What are Corns?

Corns are the irritating and sometimes painful thickenings that appear due to underlying bony structures pressing under the skin. The most common places that a corn surfaces is on the feet and even though they are small in size, they can make it painful for a person to walk. Occasionally, individuals will find a corn on their fingers. Other locations that a corn may strike include the sole (over the ‘ball’ of the foot) and on the outside of the ‘pinky’ toe [1].

Most corns are flesh-colored and firm to the touch. However, corns that form between the toes are typically white in color and moist because of their surrounding environment. They can also appear yellow or gray.

Causes of Corns

Knowing what causes corns in the first place can help prevent future occurrences. Tight or ill-fitting footwear is a primary culprit of corns, which includes tight socks or stockings, wearing the wrong size shoes, and frequent high heel use. If you have deformed or crooked toes, you are more susceptible to developing corns on your feet. High arches add weight and pressure to the ball of the foot and toes. An uneven distribution of weight on the feet due to a physical abnormality can also lead to corns.

Corns Home Remedies

Home remedies for corns can provide comfort, but you must approach self-treatment carefully if you suffer from diabetes or another condition associated with poor circulation to the feet. Often, you can eliminate the threat of corns by embracing a few lifestyle changes. Other times, you simply need instant relief. When you’re ready to take back control of your feet, consider the following suggestions for treating corns:

a) Lemon:

Apply one to two slices of fresh lemon to your corns and keep in place for a couple of hours. The lemon works towards delivering relief.

b) Vinegar:

Soaking a small piece of cloth in vinegar and wrapping it around your toe can encourage the healing of a corn. Leave this home remedy on throughout the day and night for the best results. ??

c) Epsom Salt:

If you suffer from inflammation and swelling at the site between the bone and corn, consider soaking your feet in a solution of Epsom salt and warm water. Not only will you reduce the size of the bursa sac causing your inflammation, but you can also relieve surrounding sensory nerves from excess pressure.

d) Chamomile Tea:

Dilute chamomile tea to provide a soothing soak for your corn that helps to soften hard skin. Don’t be alarmed if you find your feet stained after the remedy – remove with a little soap and water.

e) Trim Toenails:

Did you know that one of the primary objectives of toenails is to protect your toes from injury? Yet, when the pressure of a shoe rubs against a toenail for too long, the toe joint can actually push up against the shoe. The result is often a corn. To lessen the pressure that toenails experience, keep them trimmed.

f) Vaseline:

Prepare for excessive walking or running by coating your toes with petroleum jelly as a way to lessen the friction you sustain.

g) Baking Soda Soak:

Treat corns to a soothing soak with an added three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub full of warm water.

h) Vinegar:

Apply a cotton ball saturated with vinegar to your corn. Leave the solution on overnight and in the morning, and then gently rub affected skin with a pumice stone.

i) Circle Band-Aid:

Use a Band-Aid in the shape of a circle to protect your corn while it heals. Some doctors acknowledge this home remedy as better than using the corn pads found at the pharmacy.

j) Comfortable Shoes:

Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose. Opt for comfortable footwear that doesn’t apply pressure to the feet, which can cause corns to form.

k) Chalk:

Turn a piece of chalk into a powdered home remedy for corns. Add a small amount of water to create a paste for a nighttime treatment applied before bedtime.

l) Ice:

To ease the pain of a hard corn, use ice to reduce swelling and treat discomfort.

m) Papaya:

The healing properties found in papaya can be used to treat a corn. Gently apply one tablespoon of fresh papaya juice onto a corn and allow drying for a couple of hours.

n) Bread and Vinegar [2]:

Treat corns with a poultice made out of a piece of white or stale bread saturated with ¼ cup of white vinegar. Soak the bread in the vinegar for 30 minutes. Break off a piece of bread large enough to completely cover the corn, and then hold in place with a piece of gauze or adhesive tape. Leave the poultice on overnight. Callused skin should dissolve and corns should become easier to remove.

o) Pineapple:

Try applying pineapple juice to a stubborn corn to soften the skin. ??

p) Castor Oil:

Use your finger to apply one drop of castor oil onto a corn three times a day:

morning, afternoon, and just before bedtime. Before putting on socks and shoes, cover the corn with a Band-Aid. Slowly, results should emerge over the course of a couple of weeks.


[1] http://www.medicinenet.com/corns/article.htm
[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg 356.