What are Corns
Having a fragile spot in the center, surrounded by shining yellow colored dead skin, corns can be easily witnessed on the bottom of the feet and on the toe joints. Corn appears in the shape of pyramid, with the vertex pointing inwards, they are sensitive when touched. They are seen in two kinds, hard and soft. Friction is experience in both types of corns.
- Misfitting shoes or toe deformities can develop hard corns, most generally found on the top and tip of the toes, and often on the bottom and sides of the feet. Most people's toes bend downwards and remain so inside their shoes as well. Under these circumstances, the top of their toe joints may compress against the inside of the shoe while the tips of the bent toes compress against the bottom of the shoe.
- Soft corns, generally is the result of bone disorder, are witnessed between the toes and are often referred to as "kissing corns."
- Some people's toe bones are wide, causing conflict between the toes, a condition that gets worse by wearing tight-fitting shoes. These people may get soft corns which look like open sores.
- So, women who wear narrow, high-heeled, and slender shoes that squeezes the foot and transfers the body weight to the front of the foot, are also vulnerable to corn related troubles.
- People generally spend many hours on their feet and take several thousand strides each day. This applies pressure on the feet almost equal to two-to-three times of body weight. For many Americans, that could be counted as almost half a ton of weight. If you're not putting on comfortable shoes, the stress will kill your feet in number of ways.
- Shoes that are too slender and undersize inflame the feet, shoes (and socks) that are oversized enable the foot to slide forward and rub against them.
Start wearing shoes that soothe your feet. However, if you are already having soft corns developed by extra wide toe bones and you start wearing wider shoes with more space between the toes, it could be too little, too late to offer the right relief. You might go under the knife. In the meantime, a piece of lamb's wool (not cotton), if placed between your toes can help and work as a cushion to soft corns. You can acquire some from one of your friends who spin natural wool into yarn.
Home Remedies for Corns
So long hard corns are concerned, there are several "corn cures" (such as corn pads) you can get at pharmacies to work as immediate remedy:
- Purchase a pumice stone or callus file and use it every day to soften and cut down the size of corns and calluses.
- A donut-shaped foam support can be used or placed over the corn to obtain relieve and reduce pressure from it.
- If you are willing to use corn pads, count on non-medicated pads as the medicated variety may enhance irritation and lead to infection.
Corns Natural Remedies
There are dozens of possible home remedies:
- Put a fresh slice of lemon over the painful area overnight by tying it with a bandage.
- You can also rub the corn with papaya or pineapple.
- A roasted and cooled bulb of the herb, Indian squill, if kept over the corn using bandage overnight it can ease the pain.
- You can apply the milky juice of green figs everyday on your corn.
- You can also apply leaf sap of a plant termed as aak two times a day for almost a week.
- Oil of oregano is also a natural remedy for corn.
- Apply cider vinegar on corn which should be followed by tea tree oil for best results.
- A diet that contains fresh vegetables and fruits will also be beneficial.
Other Treatments for Corns
If you don’t rely on home remedies, over-the-counter treatments, or healthy diets, visit a podiatrist. He can trim the corn by removing the dead cells or layers of skin off with a scalpel or it can also be burnt off with a topical solution. But don't try this at home specifically if you have poor eyesight, circulation, lack of sensitivity in your feet, shaky hands, or if you lose control on your consciousness easily.
Surgical Removal of Corns
The podiatrist will surgically remove the soft corns by creating a tiny incision in the toe, reaching into the piece of bone that is the reason behind the irritation, and closing the incision by stitching it. It's not as serious as it sounds! You'll receive a local anesthesia and relax yourself during the process by reading your favorite writer’s latest novel while the doctor happily grinds away. Recovery time is not long, and most patients get relief almost immediately.