4 Ways to Remove Any Type of Corns Forever
If you walk a lot for work, pleasure, or exercise, then you’ve probably had to deal with corns at least some time in your life. Although corns are annoying and uncomfortable, they are actually an attempt by the body to protect the skin on your feet from damage caused by improper stride or shoes that don’t quite fit. Unfortunately, this attempt at protection results in unsightly and sometimes painful lumps, so most people with corns choose to remove them. This list discusses several all-natural remedies for removing corns. These remedies should work on both hard and soft corns.
1. Soak And Scrub
This method is more labor-intensive than others discussed in this guide, but it has the advantage of working quickly and not requiring any special ingredients. To remove corns with this method, start by soaking your feet in a basin filled with warm salt water until you feel that the skin has been softened. This will make the buildup of dead skin on your feet easier to remove. Next, rub the corn with a pumice stone to take off as much of the corn as you can without rubbing too hard. Be gentle; if the whole corn doesn’t come off in one treatment you can always repeat treatments over the course of a few days. Next, moisturize your feet and put on socks to protect the area around the corn. It’s best to do this treatment before bed to give your feet time to rest and heal.
2. Aloe Vera and Potatoes
This method is great for people with sensitive skin that might get irritated by harsher treatments. First, take raw potatoes and use a food processor to turn them into a paste. Next, mix this potato paste with aloe vera gel (this can be picked up at any natural foods or health store). Apply this mixture to the affected area three times a day for several days to remove the corn.
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3. Turmeric and Mustard Oil
This is an Ayurvedic method for removing corns that take advantage of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties. To make this remedy, heat mustard oil on the stove until hot but not boiling, then add enough turmeric powder to make a fairly thick paste. Let the paste cool until it is comfortable to apply to skin, spread on the corn, then wrap the area with a cloth bandage. Leave this mixture on when you sleep every night until the corns disappear. Turmeric is notorious for staining fabric, so be very careful when wrapping your foot and sleep in bedsheets you wouldn’t hate to see stained.
4. Papaya or Pineapple
All of these fruits are rich in enzymes that dissolve protein, which is why they’ve been used for centuries to tenderize meat. Since skin is primarily made of protein, these enzymes can be useful in getting rid of the dead skin that builds up in corns. To use these fruits to remove corns, affix a small piece of fruit skin to the corn with a bandage. Make sure to place the skin with the inner, fleshy side against the corn. Leave the fruit in place overnight, then soak your feet in warm water for half an hour when you wake up.
These natural remedies should remove any corns you have now, but you will keep developing new corns if you don’t fix the underlying problems with your walk or footwear that are causing the corns in the first place. Make sure none of your shoes are too tight or constrictive around the toes and evaluate your walk to make sure you aren’t putting undue stress on your feet.