Corns are calluses that form on the pressure points of the foot, usually the heel, between the toes or the pad of the foot. They are made up of thick, dead skin that are yellow or gray in color and can be extremely painful. They can become red and inflamed and if not treated properly or left for too long, can become infected and require surgery to remove.
In order to understand how to prevent foot corns, you must first understand what causes them. The primary cause is shoes that do not fit properly or that are too tight. Wearing high heels that do not support or cushion your foot is also a major factor. When your shoe constantly rubs against your toes it creates friction; your skin's defense mechanism kicks in and creates a hard thick layer of skin to ease this pressure.
Preventing foot corns is fairly simple. Make sure you purchase proper fitting shoes in your correct size. If you are not sure what your correct shoe size is, get a salesperson to measure your foot. Stay away from high boots that are narrow and scrunch up your toes. If you absolutely must have those heels because they are the latest fashion, try not to wear them for too long at any one time. A good companion for comfortable shoes is a separate cushioned insole. This will give your feet extra protection and make you feel like you are walking on air. Buying good quality shoes is not always cheap; be prepared to pay more for a shoe that gives you stability and comfort. Shop around and compare brands and prices. You can even do this online.
Another prevention method is to go barefoot as often as you can. This allows your feet to rest and breathe naturally. When you are at home, try to walk around the house barefoot. Obviously, it's easier to do this in the summer than in the winter.
If you have taken the advice above and you still find yourself with foot corns, there are many remedies you can try. Over the counter creams and medicated pads are quite effective; you can get them at any drug store. If you want a more natural remedy, try soaking your foot in chamomile tea or rubbing your corn with raw papaya juice several times daily. These are very effective natural methods that will ease the pain and make them disappear.