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.
The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Apply aloe vera gel and/or rub castor oil on corns twice daily.
- Treat your feet to an Epsom salt foot bath. Put two heaped tablespoons of Epsom salt in a bowl of hot water and soak for 10-15 minutes. It will soothe the pain, soften corns and reduce inflammation. After soaking use a pumice stone to reduce the size of the corn.
- Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and tape it onto your corn. Leave overnight, remove in the morning and rub the corn with a pumice stone.
- Freshly squeezed fig juice is useful in treating corns that have developed over a long period of time. Soak a cotton ball into the juice and apply to the foot using a bandage. Leave it in place for at least 3 hours or until the cotton ball becomes dry.
- Keep toenails short to avoid toes being raised against shoes – causing rubbing and the creation/irritation of corns.
- To prevent future damage to an already existing corn, use non-medicated corn rings to protect the toes in shoes whilst working through these remedies.
- To bring relief to soft corns between the toes and to prevent further irritation during this treatment time, use cotton wool balls to prevent the toes from rubbing against each other.
- Make an appointment with a licensed chiropodist who will be able to trim your corns safely and offer you bespoke advice on how to deal with your particular condition.
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.
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- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
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- 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.
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- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Natural home remedy using liquorice and mustard oil:
1. Take 2 tbsp liquorice powder
2. Add 2 tsp mustard oil
3. Mix well
4. Apply on corns before sleeping
5. Let it stay overnight
6. Apply this for a month
Natural home remedy using papaya:
1. Crush papaya to make paste
2. Apply this paste on the corn
3. Wrap it with a cloth
4. Leave it overnight
5. Do this for a month
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Your practitioner may suggest herbal remedies such as Chinese Wolfberry Root-bark, Saffower, Aloe and Calculus Bovis. As well as energy balancing remedies such as acupuncture and qigong.
Basil, cypress, myrrh and oregano make a good blend for the treatment of corns. To create the blend, add 4 drops of each of the essential oils into a tincture bottle and add apply one drop directly onto the corn three times a day.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalized prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Your practitioner may suggest Graphites, Silicea, and Antim crud as useful homeopathic remedies to help relieve corn symptoms.
Apply a salve made from calendula petals two to three times a day. This will soon soften the tissue and it also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Indian squill has been found to effective in treating corns. This herb can be wrapped in muslin cloth and tied over the affected area with a small bandage and kept on overnight.
Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can also be helpful.
Reflexology: With respect to reflexology, corns reflect an imbalance in other parts of the body. Reflexology treatment can help to located and remedy this imbalance. To find a local reflexology practitioner go to <link>.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
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/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
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