A corn or callus is a toughened area of the skin. This is caused by repeated pressure, friction and other skin trauma. When pressure is applied on a certain part of the body, the skin will start to blister and thicken. This is a normal body response to protect that area from pressure. Eventually, the skin around the area will thicken from repeated contact.
Usually, calluses form on the feet from frequent walking. Although calluses aren’t harmful, they might lead to certain skin problems like ulcers or infection.
Practical Tips to Prevent Corns or Calluses
Wear the Right Shoes
If your feet are ridden with calluses, it’s time to re-think your choices in shoes. Usually, calluses form from ill-fitting shoes. Go for comfortable shoes that fit well. The right shoes shouldn’t cut off your circulation. It should fit snugly at the heels and provide the right support. You can ask a salesclerk for tips and try different shoe sizes to get the best fit.
Soften Don’t Cut
It’s tempting to fuss with the callus to remove it but don’t. Never use paring or cutting tools to shave off the callus. You will only injure yourself. Worse, this could lead to infections and heavy bleeding. It’s just not worth the risk.
What you can do is to soften the toughened skin. And this can be done in many ways. A foot soak is an excellent example. Massaging oil in the area also helps soften the skin and remove calluses or corn.
Home Remedies to Treat Calluses
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is traditionally used to banish corn and calluses. To use apple cider vinegar, fill a basin with hot soapy water. Now, add a cup of apple cider vinegar and soak your feet for at least 15 minutes. Keep adding hot water if you want to soak the feet even more. Once the calluses are softened, gently scrub away with a pumice stone. Do this for 10 consecutive days and the calluses should disappear.
Vitamin E or A Capsule
Vitamin A or E speeds up cell turnover. Before going to bed, get a vitamin A or E capsule and prick it. Collect the essence and dab it directly on the callus. Massage the area until the vitamin essence is absorbed fully. Now, put thick socks on and go to sleep. The next morning, the area is softer. Make this a nightly ritual until the calluses disappear completely.
Before retiring at night, cut a piece of lemon peel. The peel should be large enough to cover the callous. Now, place the lemon peel on the affected area and secure with a bandage. Cover your feet with thick socks and leave it overnight. Do this every night until the corn or callus disappears.
In a clean container, pour white vinegar on a slice of white onion. Leave the onion to marinate in vinegar all day. At night, get the onion slice and place it on the corn or callus. Secure it with a bandage and wear socks. In the morning, check the affected area. If the callus isn’t as soft, don’t remove it. Repeat the treatment until the callus is gone.
Castor oil is one of the best home remedies against calluses. Just add a couple of drops of castor oil on the affected area. Massage the oil in until fully absorbed. Cover your feet with socks and in the morning, the oil should’ve softened the callus. Use a pumice stone to remove the callus.