You want to learn how to remove a foot corn and that is the purpose of this article. A foot corn can be an annoyance but in some cases can become quite painful to the degree that it interfereses with your ability to walk with a normal gait.
The 'how to' for removing a foot corn can be handled at home for most cases, but if the corn is interfering with your daily life, very painful, oozing pus or fluid, or does not heal with home remedies, you will need to consult a podiatrist or medical professional.
A quick word of caution before I jump into how to remove a foot corn; If you are diabetic or have poor blood circulation, you should not attempt to treat or remove a foot corn on your own. Your doctor will be able to successfully treat the area allowing you to avoid complications.
How To Remove A Foot Corn At Home
1.) Remove the irritant. The only cause of a corn on your foot is PRESSURE and one of the leading causes of pressure is poor-fitting footwear. The corn may spontaneously heal in approximately 3 weeks if you remove the pressure source. Switch your footwear or remove footwear completely when possible.
2.) Use a pad to protect the skin. A corn that grows on your foot or toe is a natural protective process of your body. It develops to protect your skin. By placing a specially designed corn pad or a moleskin pad (you will find this at your local drug store) over the corn you create an artificial protector and the corn is able to reduce and disappear.
3.) You can use a corn paint or plaster to coat the corn. These treatments can be found at your local drug store but will only treat the symptoms. If the underlying problem, the pressure, is not stopped, then the corn will develop again after treatment stops. These treatments are not to be used if you have diabetes or poor circulation.
4.) Soaking. If your corn is found on the outer surface of a toe and is hard, you can soften the foot corn by soaking it for about five minutes in warm water or warm water with Epsom salt added. You can rub the corn gently with a pumice stone.
5.) Rub lanolin-enriched lotion into the corn and the skin surrounding it to soften the corn. This can be repeated three times a day.
Notice that the five options for how to remove a foot corn at home do not include cutting or scrapping the corn. This can lead to infection, especially if the exposed area is then put into a shoe where moist, warm conditions allow an infection to grow.
How To Remove A Foot Corn At Your Doctors Office
Your podiatrist or medical doctor will first assess the foot corn and ask you questions about footwear. He or she may also ask you to walk across the floor to assess your gait.
1.) Padding. For uncomplicated cases, your doctor will use padding and advise you on properly fitted footwear.
2.) Removal. Your doctor may elect to cut out or shave off the corn and then cushion the area to prevent irritation.
3.) Orthotics. If you have an abnormal gait, your doctor may prescribe a special shoe insert called an orthotic. This insert is molded to your foot and will help you more often distribute your body weight to avoid pressure points.
4.) Corrections for under conditions. If you have an underlying toe deformity such as a hammer toe, your doctor may treat this under condition to prevent the foot corn from returning.
I hope this advice on how to remove a foot corn helps you find tie.