If your feet tend to rub on certain places in your shoes, you may find that you have calluses and corns forming. A corn is really just a specific type of callus, so the treatment is the same.
Unfortunately, as corns develop, they tend to put pressure on your feet and toes, becoming painful. Here is some great news! You may be able to get rid of your corns through one of these 6 home remedies.
1. Epsom salt soak. Softening the corn so you can remove it is one of the standard treatments according to Medical News Today. Combine 1 cup Epsom salt with warm water in a basin. Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes and then use a pumice stone to gently file down the corn. Do this daily until the corn is gone.
2. Pads. Since corns are generally caused by rubbing, the Mayo Clinicrecommends putting a pad on the foot to protect it from the rubbing. These can be bought at most drug stores or department stores with a pharmacy department.
3. Baking soda paste. An unusual approach recommended by Stylecraze is to use a baking soda paste to soften the corn. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 tablespoon water. Apply the paste at night and cover it with a bandage. Do this every night for five to seven nights. Does it work? No studies have been done, but it shouldn’t hurt you any. Feel free to try.
4. Castor oil. Reader’s Digest says to try applying castor oil to soften the corn. Use an O-shaped pad to go around the corn, making sure that the corn is in the center. Use a Q-tip to apply castor oil to the corn and cover it with a bandage. Do this every night before bed until the corn disappears. This remedy may work since oil will soften the skin. Again, there are no studies to support it, but the oil shouldn’t harm you.
5. Lemon. Stylecraze recommends using a slice of lemon. Many over-the-counter remedies use salicylic acid to treat a corn. Lemons don’t contain salicylic acid, but they are acidic. Take a slice of lemon and place it on the corn, covering it with a bandage. Do this before bed and leave it overnight. Keep applying the lemon until the corn is gone. This may work, but no research exists to back it up.
6. Onion. Reader’s Digest offers a really unique remedy, trying to capitalize on acid. Take a slice of white onion and soak it in white vinegar. Place it in a warm spot during the day while it is soaking. At night, place the onion on the corn and cover it with a bandage. Repeat this as often as you need to remove the corn. Will it work? You be the judge.
From the normal to the unique, you have a number of option to try for corn removal. See which one works best for you.