Corn and calluses are thick layers of dead skin that normally develop on your feet and toes. They are caused by excessive friction or pressure often from ill-fitting, tight shoes. Another cause is due to frequent, repetitive motions such as running that cause friction between the bones, skin and shoes. There are different ways to treat these embarrassing foot conditions. Here are just some of the proven methods at treating them.
One method is investing in surgery. This is a necessary option for removing stubborn corns, but it is rare. However, if your corns and calluses are not relieved by periodic shaving, shoe inserts or padding, this option is the way to go.
Another option is treating your corns and calluses yourself. You could do this by soaking your feet in warm water. After drying your feet, rub them gently with a pumice stone. Moisturize them with a good foot lotion. Repeat every day or every few days as needed.
Here is a natural remedy for treating corns that looks interesting. Place a raisin on top of the corn and hold it in place with a band-aid. The raisin will soften the corn and serve as a cushion to reduce pressure on the sensitive spot. You could find this idea here.
The last option in treating these foot conditions is seeing a foot specialist, or a podiatrist. If your corn or callus makes it hard for you to even walk, you may want to consider this option. A podiatrist may suggest special padding or shoe inserts that could relieve some of the stress on your feet. However, if your corn or callus is painful, he may just shave it away.
Getting rid of foot corns & calluses isn’t easy, but with a lot of effort it can be accomplished. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes as much as possible. For more information on corns and calluses, visit www.health.harvard.edu/pain/calluses-and-corns.