Corns are mounds of rough, dry dead skin that form on the toes or foot. They are fairly common and are mainly caused by wearing improperly fitted shoes or high heels for too long. There are many remedies for foot corns that do not require a prescription or treatment from a doctor.
If you are looking for the best way to get rid of your painful foot corns, try these remedies:
· Purchase comfortable shoes that cushions your foot and has a thick outer sole
· Purchase padded inserts for extra protection
· Wider shoes will help make sure your toes can move better and reduces friction
· Stop wearing high heels
· Over the counter creams from your local drug store will help treat and reduce corns
· Medicated pads will soften the skin and make the corn easier to remove
· Soak your foot with Epsom salts for 10 minutes and then use a pumice stone to gently rub off the dead skin
· Use oils like baby oil, lemon oil or tangerine oil to soften the corn and dead skin and make it easier to rub off with a pumice stone
Over the counter creams are not recommended for people with diseases like diabetes or who have circulatory problems; the acid in the cream could cause a serious infection. The creams are also not recommended for the elderly, or those who have thin skin as the acid could irritate the skin further. See your doctor right away and get proper treatment.
If corns are severe or the remedies above do not help, a doctor's intervention may be required. He or she can prescribe that medication will be more effective. A podiatrist will also be able to help if you do not feel comfortable going to your family doctor.
As with most things, prevention is the best medicine. Make sure you buy the right size and style of shoe for your feet and purchase extra cushioned inserts if you need to. Get your feet sized by a professional and be aware of things like the width of your foot and your arches. A good shoe salesperson will be able to recommend a style and fit that's right for you. Try different brands and walk around the store before you buy. Do not skimp on quality: you may have to pay a bit more for a good shoe but it will be well worth it when you have healthy feet to show for it.