Can foot corn be treated at home?

Can foot corn be treated at home?

You’d agree that foot injuries make it difficult to manage daily activities and it gets even more uncomfortable as well as painful when it comes to foot corn. Well, corn are calluses that are painful and appear on the bottom or the sides of the toes in response to the pressure or friction between the skin and shoe. 

What does corn look like?

Foot corn are thick and hardened layers of skin that develop on the top, sides and even between the toes. Some of the other common symptoms include:

  • A thick and rough area of skin 
  • A hardened raised bump 
  • Tenderness or pain under your skin 
  • Flaky, dry or waxy skin 

Frequent pressure and friction from repetitive actions can result in corns, and you can differentiate them by:

  • Hard corn usually resembles calluses and is found on the top or sides of toes. 
  • Soft corn looks like open sores and are typically found between the toes. 
  • Seed corn is small, tender and is usually found on the bottom of the feet. 

Why does corn occur?

Corn are usually a result of the constant pressure put on the feet. Adding to it, some of the other reasons behind recurrence of corns and calluses are listed below:

  • Wearing shoes that are too small and increases pressure on the foot 
  • Wearing footwear that are too big and causes the foot to slip thereby causing friction 
  • Wearing high heels for a longer period of time that increases pressure on the toe
  • Pre-existing toe deformities including claw or hammer toe

What is the treatment?

While foot corn can be treated at home and usually heals on its own, here are a few things you can do for fast healing:

Get rid of ill-fitting shoes 

If you are sure you have corn, make sure to stop wearing any ill fitting shoes or socks for timely healing. 

Person with foot corn wearing corn bandage for faster recovery.

Apply corn pad 

Try using corn pads containing salicylic acid as it relieves stress from the area and accelerates healing. You can get corn pads home delivered from 1Tab for faster recovery. 

What preventive measure should be taken?

Even if you follow a proper foot care regime including moisturizing and soaking, without following proper preventive measures, corns and calluses tend to recur. Here are a few preventive measures you can adopt:

Wear footwear that fits you well 

Make sure you wear footwear that fits you well. If your footwear is too tight or has plenty of room, try replacing it with a better fitting one. 

A woman using adhesive bandage to prevent foot corn when wearing new shoes

Use protective coverings 

Try wearing non medicated corn pads or bandages over areas on your toe that rubs against your footwear. 

Wear padded gloves when using tools 

Make sure you wear padded gloves or cover the tool with tape or covers to avoid friction or extra pressure. 

By: Navreet Kaur | on 2021-04-16

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