Home Remedies for Corns
Corn is a thickened portion on the leg or feet. It is mainly due to increase in pressure, as a result of improperly fitting footwear. Corns are seen to occur between the toes, on the heels or over the toes of the feet. Certain corns entangle with the nerves and result in immense pain.
Symptoms of Corn
Foot corns are of two types, namely soft corns (between the toes) and hard corns (top of the toes). The core of the corn is the ‘root’. Typical symptoms of corn include swelling and inflammation around the infected area. It gives rise to a high degree of pain, which is generally followed by difficulty in wearing the foot wear. Other symptoms which indicate a corn, are dry and flaky skin, pain on the toe joints, hard and mound-like bumps, pain under the skin and tenderness. The area is rough and dry and is also seen near the nail region of the toes. Constant abrasion of the foot with footware worsens the corn and pain.
Causes of Corns
Corns are yellow or gray and white in color. In some individuals, they are brown and the skin color determines the color of the corn. Improper foot wear results in excessive pressure, along with the bones that support them. Poor foot hygiene also contributes to corns. Various other contributing factors of corn are improper distribution of weight over the feet, unclean feet especially foot nails, tight socks, pressure on the toes, tight stockings, unhealthy environment, sharp bony structures in the feet, shoe rubbing against the toe, having a high arch in the footwear, crooked and deformed toes and wearing footwear without socks.
Home Remedies for Corns
Corns are conical skin patches which are not appealing to look at and spoil the appearance of feet. Certain remedies at the home level which heal corns include:
- Corn Treatment with Green figs: The milk of green figs has an excellent effect on corns. Topical application of this juice softens the affected area.
- Corn Treatment with Onions: Keep the slice of an onion, as a poultice over the corn.
- Corn Treatment with Lemon: Place a lemon slice over the corns, prior to retiring to bed. Remove the same on rising to disinfect the area.
- Corn Treatment with Turpentine: Dip a clean cloth in turpentine and tie the area.
- Corn Treatment with Chalk powder: Make a paste of chalk powder, along with water. Apply this paste on the area of the corn.
- Corn Treatment with Indian Squill: Place the herb as a poultice over the corn.
- Corn Treatment with Raw Papaya: Apply raw papaya juice on the corn. The juice of papaya proves to be helpful against corns.
Treatment for Corns
Corn caps are available in the market. Use them by covering the corns with them, in the initial stages. Corn caps are not recommended for diabetics, as it affects circulation. Over the counter painkillers are useful, if severe pain persists.
Tips for Corns
Avoid wearing tight shoes or socks. Keep the feet clean. Wash the feet with a mild disinfectant, on a daily basis. Mild talcum powder proves beneficial for mild corns.