Corns

Corns are painful, hardened, cone-shaped areas of increased growth of the corneous layer of the skin (hence their name). They occur mainly over the toe joints and between the toes on the foot. Corn symptoms may only hurt in response to pressure or they may hurt spontaneously for no apparent reason.

What To Consider

Calluses, warts, localized injury and inflammation, infection, or poor circulation can all manifest symptoms similar to corns. Corns, when pared away with a sharp instrument, have a clearly outlined translucent core, which is how you can be sure if you suffer from them. The hardest corns occur mainly on the toes, while softer corns occur mainly between the toes.

Prevention and Self-Care Tips

Prevention is the most important and is accomplished by eliminating undue pressure at certain sites of the foot. Assessment by a podiatrist, osteopath, or chiropractor who can evaluate foot gait, the role of other joints such as the pelvis in foot pressure problems, shoes, and your possible need for orthotics, pad, mole-skins, etc., is very important in the prevention, as well as the treatment of corns.

Proper treatment also involves better fitting shoes, since corns can disappear when the inappropriate pressure is eliminated. Although podiatrists can pare the corn away, the underlying cause still needs to be determined and addressed. Patients with recurring corns and calluses need ongoing treatment by a podiatrist. Patients with poor circulation from serious diseases such as diabetes mellitus also require special and regular care.

Nutritional Supplementation
Vitamin A and vitamin E can be applied topically and taken orally. Essential fatty acids are also recommended, particularly omega-3 oils.

Aromatherapy
Lemon and/or verucas essential oils rubbed into the affected area can relieve pain caused by corns.

Flower Essences
Rescue Remedy Cream applied topically can also be helpful.

Herbs
Apply a salve made from calendula petals two to three times a day. This will soon soften the tissue and it also acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Homeopathy
Graphites, Silicea, and Antim crud are useful homeopathic remedies to help relieve corn symptoms.

Hydrotherapy
Take hot Epsom salt foot baths, then rub corns with fresh lemon juice

Topical Treatment
Apply aloe vera gel and/or rub castor oil on corns twice daily.

Caution

If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional.

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