The antioxidant nature of garlic is very helpful in corn treatment and its antifungal and antibacterial properties prevent infection.
Apply garlic on the corn as shown below:
- Rub half a clove of garlic on the corn and let it dry. Dress the treated area and let it stay covered throughout the night.
- When you wake up the next morning, remove the dressing then wash the treated site with warm water.
- Repeat the process daily until the corn completely heals.
- Another way is to crush a few cloves of garlic then mix with a small amount of salt to make a paste.
- Cover the corn with paste and use a bandage to it intact for several days.
- After about day three, try to remove the bandage. The corn should come off with the dressing. Repeat the process if necessary.
- A third option is to make a paste with two garlic cloves, add vinegar. Once the paste is ready, take a small amount to apply on the growth.
- Secure a cotton ball with tape over the corn and leave for two to three hours.
- Remove the cotton ball and clean the area.
- Repeat the process once a day until you heal.
Use turpentine oil to help treat corns as it is a strong antiseptic, penetrates the skin quickly and heals the corns faster. Apply it as follows:
- Massage the corn with ice wrapped in a thin cloth for two minutes then pat dry.
- Rub some turpentine oil onto the corn. Cover the treated area with a clean bandage then remove it the next morning.
- Repeat daily before going to bed to get rid of the callus or corn.
- Melt one fourth of a cup extra virgin coconut oil in the microwave.
- Combine camphor and turpentine oil in the ratio of two tablespoons to one respectively. Add this mixture to the coconut oil and let it cool.
- Keep your feet submerged in warm water and let them soak for a few minutes. Prior to treating the affected area, pat it dry then apply the homemade cream.
- Repeat the process at least 3 times every day until you see an improvement.
- You can store any leftover cream in an airtight jar to keep using it as needed.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is a very good skin moisturizer and in addition to softening hard skin, it helps in intense healing due to its antioxidants. Combining vitamin E with olive oil is one of the best home remedies for corns on the feet. Use these oils to treat corns on the feet as follows:
- Wash your feet and soak them in warm water for some time to soften the skin.
- Mix a few drops of vitamin E and olive oil and rub the mixture gently on the corn on your feet for two to three minutes.
- Wait for two minutes then put on a pair of socks and go to bed.
- Do this every night before you go to bed until you get rid of the corns.
Castor oil is very effective in reducing swellings an also add moisture to dry skin. It is good for treating corns and can heal other skin infections like warts. Castor oil has certain properties that can completely dissolve warts and remove them. Castor oil moisturizes the dry thick rough skin and makes the corn soft.
For an effective remedy for corns on the foot, apply castor oil as follow:
- Clean your feet before you go to bed or soak in warm water and pat dry.
- Use a non-medicated pad that does not contain any chemicals and is safe to use.
- Place the pad over the corn and apply a thin layer of castor oil on the corn through the hole on the pad. You can use cotton swab or ball to apply the oil.
- Cover the corn with adhesive tape and leave overnight.
- Repeat the process daily until the corns are gone.
Turmeric has properties that reduce inflammation and soreness on the skin and can treat various medical conditions. In the Hindu medical system, Ayurveda, mustard oil paste and turmeric are the ingredients needed to treat corns on the feet.
To get the best results you can apply the paste as follows:
- Heat and warm mustard oil, add turmeric powder and stir for two to three minutes until you get a paste.
- Let it cool then apply to the corns on the toes. Wrap a bandage around the corn to keep the paste in place and leave overnight.
- In the morning remove the bandage and wash off the paste with water and mild soap.
- Repeat the process every night before you go to bed until the corns are gone.
Precaution: Both turmeric and mustard oil can leave stains on your clothes and skin and it is advisable to use an old bed-sheet to sleep on after you apply the paste. The stains on your skin will go away after a few days.
Willow bark contains salicin, a natural ingredient that can substitute salicylic acid, and has anti-inflammation/pain relieving properties. It’s used to treat corns on the toes and can be applied as follows:
- Mix willow bark powder, lemon juice and some water to make a paste. The acid in lemon juice helps in speeding up softening of the skin.
- Apply the paste on the corn secure with a bandage and leave overnight.
- Remove the bandage in the morning and clean affected area.
- Repeat the daily until you get rid of the corn.
Precaution: Keep willow bark paste away from healthy skin as it could cause irritation.
Other natural home remedies you can use to treat and heal corns on the feet and hands include:
- Celandine Herb or Chelidonium majus is an herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe, Western Asia and can be found in North America. This plant produces an orange colored juice that is rich in chelerythrine and sanguinarine, two chemical compounds known to dissolve corns on toes and feet.
- Pineapple, Papaya and Fig: All three fruits contain enzymes that can dissolve proteins and this property greatly helps to soften and remove corns from the feet and hands.
Over the Counter Solutions
There are a number of over the counter remedies available but the best solution is to see a doctor who will provide you with a wide range of medical options. Some of the OTC solutions include:
Corn pads provide a secure padding around the corn to avoid pressure, and have a hole you can place over the corn. Commercial corn pads are the easiest way to get rid of corns but they contain salicylic acid that can be harmful for people who suffer from diabetes, fragile skin or blood circulation problems. Salicylic acid in corn caps breaks down the thick tissue in corns, and in doing so leads to a burn that can cause an infection.
Silicone Foam Wedges
These specially made silicone foam wedges are placed between the toes to help reduce pressure and friction.
You can purchase antibiotic ointments, from your pharmacist, and use them together with the other home remedy methods to help prevent infections.
Shoes play a big part in the health of your feet. Wearing the wrong size and type of shoes is one of the main factors that legs to developing corns and calluses on the feet.
To prevent the discomfort and pain that corns/calluses can cause, you need to take care of your feet and hands by practicing the tips provided below:
- Make sure you choose shoes that are the right size, well-padded and have a wide toe box.
- Take new shoes to a cobbler if they pinch on a particular spot, so that he can use tools to expand the shoes and reduce friction that can lead to corns.
- Go shoe shopping in the later part of the day, when the temperature is higher, to get the right shoe size. Feet tend to swell when it is hot.
- Wash your feet every day, with soap and a scrubbing brash or pumice stone, to remove dead skin cells. Apply foot cream to hydrate when they dry.
- Coat your feet with petroleum jelly before you put on socks when you start your day, or before you go to bed to reduce friction and soften hard skin.
- Apply deodorizing foot powder preferably those with aluminum chloride hexahydrate or antiperspirant to reduce sweating for people with sweaty feet.
- Always wear thick cotton socks that absorb pressure on the foot, fit properly and do not have seams that rub against the feet and toes.
- Trim your toenails regularly as long toe nails may press against the shoe and cause the top part of the toe to bend, rise and rub against the shoe.
- You should wear open shoes or sandals whenever possible so that your feet can breathe.
- Make sure you wear protective gloves when doing manual work or activities that may cause friction to the hands and fingers.
- Use a pick when playing string musical instruments like the guitar.
- For patients that have any existing foot disorder or deformity, health experts may prescribe the use of padded shoe inserts or orthotics to prevent recurring bouts of callus and corn growths.
- Your doctor may also recommend surgery to correct the alignment of a bone that is causing friction.
If you’ve tried all the above remedies and prevention tips and your corns keep on recurring, go to a doctor and get professional help. Your physician will be able to diagnose the underlying condition properly and treat you using other medications or provide advice on the best steps you need to take to eliminate the problem.