Corns are thickened areas of a small section of the skin that can be painful and very uncomfortable. This thickness mostly occurs on the toes, especially the little toe. Corns come up as a result of friction on the toes’ skin, which is caused by excess rubbing and pressure from tight shoes.
Corns are known to be majorly caused by tight shoes and it has a way of ruining the appearance of our gorgeous feet. However, before you can totally get rid of corns on your little toe or in between your toes, you need to understand the different types and causes. We definitely can’t be walking around with corns on our toes, so I’m also going to be giving you effective tips on how to permanently get rid of them.
Though there are different foot disorders and forms of corns, there are two major types of corns;
– Hard Corn
– Soft corn
These are very common and most people have them on their toes.
Hard corns mostly appear on the top or the side of the little toe, and these are the parts of the toes’ skin where tight shoes exert more pressure on.
Soft corns on the other hand are those that often appear in between the toes, most times within the fourth and fifth toes. They are called soft corns because they are actually soft, due to the moist effects of the sweat between the toes. These type of corns have more tendencies to become infected than hard corns.
Although tight shoes are popularly known to be the main cause of corns, rough stitches and the seam in shoes rubbing against the toes’ skin continuously, may also cause corns. It’s advised to wear good shoes with plenty of space for the toes. Wearing these type of shoes will reduce friction and prevent recurrence once you’ve gotten rid of the corns.
Getting rid of corns may take a long time, so you just have to be patient and ensure you’re on the right treatment-track. There are numerous types of chemical treatments that can get rid or reduce the thickness of the corns.
1. These treatments should contain ‘Salicylic acid’, which is not only good for eliminating acne but different foot disorders. Salicylic acid is a keratolytic, it dissolves the protein (keratin), which makes up the yellowish thick swollen layer of dead skin that forms on or the side of the little toe. Salicylic acid treatments have different forms, which could be drops, ointments, pads and plasters. Ensure you follow the directions for use on the pack of any treatment you decide to purchase.
2. If your corns are infected, use alcohol-free ‘goldenseal extract and tree oil’ to reduce the infection and enhance quick healing. For the itching and pain, soak cotton wool in ‘Burow’s solution’ and cold water, then press the soaked cotton wool on the affected area 3 times a day for 15 -20mins each time.’
3. Lacking vitamin A, E or potassium could promote the growth of corns. Taking raw vegetables and fruit juices, will assist in balancing the acidity of your system and also prevent new corns or re-occurrence. It’s advised to avoid meats, sugar, caffeine, fried and processed foods.
4. As the saying goes for every beauty challenge, there is always a natural solution that is affordable and very safe. You don’t just eat bread or put vinegar in your salad, you can use both to reduce corns. It’s called the ‘Bread and Vinegar Folk Remedy’. First of all, you crumble a small piece of bread into a cup, add one tablespoon of vinegar, leave for 30 minutes, then make a paste and apply on the corn overnight. This reduces soreness and dries out the corn, continue application until you get the result you want.
5. To soften hard corns and reduce pain, soak your feet while relaxing in lukewarm water for as long as you’re relaxing, then dry your feet thoroughly. Rub fresh lemon on the corns, add salt to the lukewarm water and place feet into the solution. After some time, pour the salted water away, get another basin of lukewarm water, place your feet in basin for 10 minutes, dry your feet, apply Shea butter (Ori) on the corn and lightly massage it.
6. Lastly, always guard your feet from directly touching the floor in places a lot of people walk through, always wear your slippers or shoes and don’t share anything thing that comes in contact with your feet, e.g. socks, shoes, towels etc.
7. If your corns are severe, please visit a professional that deals with foot disorders (Podiatrist) to get a more advanced treatment and have it surgically removed.
Don’t forget to share any tips or advice you may have on how to prevent and cure corns on your feet. Have a beautiful day ahead.