Corns come in two varieties: hard and soft. Hard corns usually form on the tops of the toes or on the outer sides of the little toes, where the skin rubs against the shoe. Sometimes, corns can be found on the ball of the foot beneath a callus, which can cause a sharp pain when walking. Soft corns are usually found between the toes, where the bones of the toes exert pressure on each other. All corns are cone shaped, the visible part is the base and the tip faces into the foot. When pressure is placed against the corn, the tip pushes down again sensitive underlying tissue, resulting in pain.
Looking after your feet will help prevent problems such as corns and calluses.
Follow the advice below to help stop any hard, dry skin developing:
- Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them and apply a special moisturising foot cream (not body lotion).
- Use a pumice stone or foot file regularly to gently remove hard skin. If you use a pumice stone, make sure that it dries completely between uses and does not harbour bacteria.
- Wear comfortable footwear that fits properly. Always shop for shoes in the afternoon because your feet swell as the day goes on. This means shoes that fit in the afternoon will be comfortable.
- Do not put up with foot pain as if it is normal. See your podiatrist directly or see your licensed health practitioner who may refer you to a podiatrist. They will be able to investigate the underlying cause of your foot pain.
Wearing shoes ill-fitting shoes that are inflexible and nonporous is a common cause of corns. Shoes that squeeze the toes and cause them to rub against the each other and/or high heeled shoes that place pressure on the front of the foot are all contributors to the development of corns.
Prevention is the most important and is accomplished by eliminating undue pressure at certain sites of the foot. Assessment by a podiatrist, osteopath, or chiropractor who can evaluate foot gait, the role of other joints such as the pelvis in foot pressure problems, shoes, and your possible need for orthotics, pad, mole-skins, etc., is very important in the prevention, as well as the treatment of corns.
Proper treatment also involves better fitting shoes, since corns can disappear when the inappropriate pressure is eliminated. Although podiatrists can pare the corn away, the underlying cause still needs to be determined and addressed. Patients with recurring corns and calluses need ongoing treatment by a podiatrist. Patients with poor circulation from serious diseases such as diabetes mellitus also require special and regular care.
Eat a whole foods diet with emphasis on raw food and less dairy products. Avoid sugar and foods high in yeast such as beer and breads.
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3 oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognized as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Vitamin A and vitamin E can be applied topically and taken orally.
- Essential fatty acids are also recommended, particularly omega-3 oils.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this condition – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Miller’s Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a local practitioner here
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.comor www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Your Feet newhealth4you.org/articles/u-z/your-feet
Acunpunture for the foot www.livestrong.com/article/231836-acupuncture-for-the-foot/
Calendula for corns: www.naturalnews.com/026958_Marigold_flowers_tea.html
Homeopathy can cure corns: articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2008-04-14/health/27755339_1_corns-skin-remedies
Reflexology for you – foot conditions www.artofreflexology.co.uk/foot-conditions/
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com
Introduction to reflexology www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy-zUcmGMMo
Ayurvedic remedies for corns www.homeveda.com/skin/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-corns.html
Reflexology study www.reflexologyresearch.net/ReflexologyArthritisResearch5.shtml
Further Information (links and books)
The Foot Book: A Complete Guide to Healthy Feet (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) by Jonathan D. Rose and Vincent J. Martorana
The Whole Foot Book: A Complete Program for Taking Care of Your Feet by Brett Ryan Fink and Mark S. Mizel
The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes by Daniel Howell
Your Feet Don’t Have to Hurt by Suzanne M. Levine
The Reflexology Handbook: A complete guide by Laura Norman and Thomas Cowan