If you’re reading this let me start off by saying I feel your pain. Corns are no laughing matter. I know how disabling they can be. As a former long distance runner, I was not kind to my feet and had my fair share of bumps and bruises.
6 DIY Natural Foot Corn Remedies
For those that are lucky to have avoided foot corns, here is a brief explanation of what they are and what causes them.
Corns develop from a more severe stage of callus, commonly occurring on the feet where the skin is thin and smooth.
Although they can develop as a result of ill-fitting or tight shoes, depending on the person, corns can also be the result of standing for long periods of time or repeat pressure from exercise.
People with scarring, damaged sweat glands, warts, or hammertoes are at increased risk of developing corns, but poor circulation can also lead to these hard raised bumps.
So what can be done to heal and treat these painful bumps?
Here are 6 all natural foot corn remedies you can do at home with simple ingredients and at minimal cost:
1. Pumice Stone Massage
At the early stages of a corn, it helps to exfoliate and massage the area of sensitivity to remove dead and hardened skin to reduce the pain and speed up recovery time.
Each night before bed, soak your feet in moderately hot salt water for up to 15 minutes to soften the skin and relax tense muscles in the foot.
Take your pumice stone and gently rub the affected area in a circular motion for five minutes. You may feel increased discomfort, but it should not be overly painful.
Taking a cotton ball, dip it in castor oil and place it over the corn, securing with tape or a heavy duty band aid. Leave it to soak overnight and apply castor oil throughout the day to maintain moisture. Repeat this routine for several days until you feel relieved of the corn.
2. White Vinegar
The high acidity of white vinegar is works effectively to soften the hard skin of a corn. It is also anti-fungal and antibacterial which will help reduce the risk of infection.
Simply mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 3 tablespoons of water and dab onto the affected area. Using the same cotton ball technique, leave the corn to soak up the mixture overnight.
In the morning use your pumice stone to exfoliate the softened skin around the corn and apply coconut oil to keep it moisturized. Repeat until the corn dissipates.
4. Baking Soda
This gentle powder works as an excellent exfoliant to help soften and clear the area of dead skin cells. Similar to vinegar, it has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties to leave the area clear of harmful bacteria.
Soak your feet in a basin of hot water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda for up to 15 minutes. Once again, rub the area with a pumice stone.
Additionally you can mix baking soda with lemon juice to create a thick paste which you can apply to the corn and leave overnight. This will help pull toxins from the corn and minimize the pain and pressure.
As a natural antioxidant, garlic is an effective topical remedy for corns. Simple cut the clove in half and rub directly on the pained area.
Alternatively you can crush the glove into a paste and mix with salt and apply to the corn to absorb for up to three days. On the last day, you should see a drastic improvement and the corn may even come off with the bandage.
Unfortunately, I don’t mean the candy. Licorice root is considered the number one remedy for foot corns in Ayurvedic medicine because of its powerful healing properties.
Simply mix a tablespoon of licorice powder with mustard oil to form a thick past. Apply to the affected area before bed and wrap in a bandage. Repeat this each night and you will feel the corn dissipate.
I can’t get enough of this powerful golden spice. With intense anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric will ease the swelling and pain of corns, from inside and out. Adding turmeric to your diet will give an added boost of effectiveness.
Topically, mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder and honey to make a thick paste. Apply this to the corn and let dry. Repeat two to three times a day for a week until it draws the corn out.
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