Nobody likes walking around with a corn on their feet. Not only is the movement uncomfortable it can also be painful if the corn is not treated in time. Corns in the foot are fairly common skin disorder and are caused mainly by ill-fitting shoes or high heels. Walking with an abnormal gait as a result of heels or tight shoes leads to hardening of the skin where maximum pressure is applied. The hardening of the skin is an automatic response of the skin tissues to protect themselves from any wear and tear.
The hardened skin becomes a corn with passage of time. Corns can be hard to get rid of if not treated as soon as possible. Living with corns is not an option since they will make a simple chore like walking impossible. Medically, corns can be removed only by a small surgery. There are over-the-counter creams and medicated band aids available for treating corns but these are mostly gimmicky in nature. The only successful way of getting rid of corns is using home remedies. The home remedies for curing corns take time but they are as effective as surgery and without the expense.
Top Home Remedies For Foot Corn
White vinegar is used in preparation of many dishes including sauces. However, it is also an excellent tried and tested remedy for corn on the foot. White vinegar can be bought easily. Take a clean medicated cotton ball and dip it in white vinegar. Place the cotton on the corn without squeezing the excess vinegar from it. Use a duct tape to secure the cotton over the corn. Leave the treated cotton over the corn for three to four hours. Remove the duct tape and cotton after the stipulated time.
Let the corn air dry if it is damp. Wait for 30 minutes before re-application of vinegar. Repeat the above treatment a second time. Do the white vinegar treatment twice a day for a period of two weeks. After two weeks the treatment should be done once a day for a week’s time. By the end of the week your corn would have fallen off and the skin would have healed.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties which are excellent for treating the problem of foot corn. Take a clean cotton ball and pour five drops of tea tree essential oil on the cotton. Rub the cotton on the corn and then leave the cotton over the corn.
Secure the cotton in place by using medicated tape or gauze. Leave on for a couple of hours and then remove. Wash the affected foot with medicated soap and water. Dry the foot on a soft towel. Now rub in a tea tree essential oil based cream on the corn. Do this treatment every night before going to sleep for a week. In a week’s time you will see a considerable improvement in the condition of your corn.
Peel a ripe yellow banana completely. Store the fruit in the refrigerator. Take the peel of the banana and start scraping the inside white part of the peel. You should have a tablespoon of the white inside of the banana peel. Add two drops of tea tree essential oil if you can to the white peel and put it over the corn. Wrap a bandage around the corn so that the white of the banana peel does not move from place.
Leave for a couple of hours and then wash the foot with clean water only. Repeat the treatment twice a day to see positive results in a week’s time. Alternatively, you can also wrap the banana peel directly around the corn and secure it with a bandage and keep for two hours.
Hydrogen peroxide is mainly used as a bleaching agent. However, it is also effective in treating foot corns that have recently started forming. Take a small basin and fill it with half cup water. Add one cup hydrogen peroxide to the water and mix well.
Let the hydrogen peroxide solution rest for five minutes and then soak the foot affected with corn in the solution for 15 minutes. Remove the foot from the solution after 15 minutes and wash once with clean water. Dry the foot and apply tea tree essential oil to the corn. Do this treatment every day for a period of three weeks to get complete relief from corns.
Garlic is antioxidants in nature and therefore helpful in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. To treat corn with garlic take three pods of garlic peel and crush them. Roast three pieces of clove and crush them into powder form. Mix the clove powder with garlic and apply it on the corn. Secure garlic-clove mix over the corn using a cotton ball and medicated gauze.
Leave for three hours and then wash the area with medicated soap and clean water. if possible leave the garlic over the corn overnight and remove in the morning. This gives garlic and clove ample time to work on the corn and you are also not disturbed in your daily activities due to a bandage. The treatment should be done every day for two weeks to get rid of the corn completely.
This treatment works slow but is as effective as any other home remedies for corns. Squeeze a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and add two pieces of cloves in the juice. Leave the cloves in the lemon juice for 15 minutes. Then remove the cloves and rub the lemon juice well over the corn. Don’t let the juice drip. Allow the juice to air dry before rubbing more of it on the corn.
Rub the entire tablespoon of lemon juice on the corn. Allow the juice to dry. Don’t clean the affected foot with soap and water for the next couple of hours at least. You can perform this treatment as many number of times in a day as you want.