Home Remedies for Corns
Corns are of two kinds, hard corns and soft corns and these develop on the sides of the feet and on the toes in an attempt to protect the foot. If the foot has structural malformations or if the person has worn ill fitting shoes for a long period of time, hard corns are likely to develop. If the phalanges or the fourth and fifth toe bones are too wide, there is a chance for the formation of soft corns. Removing corns would depend on the type of corns they are and the reason for their formation. Hard corns are believed to be easier to remove because it involves easing the pressure on the corn by wearing shoes that fit perfectly. A pad made of lamb’s wool can be placed over it to remove them and in some cases the podiatrist may use an acid preparation to burn it off or remove it surgically.
Home remedies for corns include the application of mashed papaya, the juice of a lemon, pulped green figs and liquorice to the affected area. Grind about four sticks of liquorice along with a teaspoon of mustard oil and apply regularly on the corn. Leave it overnight and wash the area in the morning. The corn will reduce in size and the skin will become soft gradually. Chalk powder has been found effective for some people and a piece of chalk can be ground and a little water added to make a thick paste. Apply over the corn and repeat the procedure for about two weeks to notice the difference.
Calluses on Feet
Calluses on feet are primarily caused by ill fitting shoes and these will have to be changed almost immediately. On how to remove calluses, the first thing would be to soak your feet in a tub of warm water into which Epsom salts and essential oils have been added. Once it has soaked sufficiently, use a pumice stone to file away the callus gently. This will not only get rid of the dead skin, but also stimulate the growth of fresh, smooth skin. If the calluses are hard and difficult to file away in one go, continue the procedure over a period of a month or so. After each soaking and filing session, moisturize your feet with a good moisturizer or petroleum jelly. Your feet should be moisturized before going to bed and you can wear a pair of light socks to seal in the moisture.