Corns: How to Treat, Prevent Corn and Calluses on Feet, Hands?

This post provides readers with natural home remedies for corns. Corns are a common foot condition caused by repeated friction and pressure on the skin. They can be painful and cause discomfort when walking. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies you can use to help soothe corns and alleviate the pain. We will  discuss various treatments, including soaking your feet, using essential oils, and applying natural balms and ointments. We will also try to provide tips on how to prevent corns in the future. With these home remedies, you can find relief from corns and get back to your daily activities.

What are Corns and Calluses?

Corns and Callus is also known as ghatta (Hindi/Urdu), kurup (Marathi), Tatitta tol (Tamil), Pianzhi (Chinese), callo (Spanish), calo (Portuguese), Jamura (Bengali), mozol (Russian). A callus is a hardened and thickened area of skin occurring as a result of constant friction. The skin cells respond to the friction by reproducing, which results in the characteristic hardening of skin. Calluses generally appear on the fingers and toes, knees, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. When a callus on a toe joint becomes painful, it is known as a corn. The pain is caused by pressure on nerve endings. Soft corns can appear between the toes. Manual laborers are prone to calluses, which can be permanent, while ill-fitting shoes and high heels can be responsible for calluses on the feet or corns.

Root Causes

On feet small circular tough and thick skin starts forming which gets worse when its infected by viral infection. Infection gets deeper till the nerves and becomes painful. Wrong sized shoes are the main cause of corns and calluses. Shoes and foot skin when gets rubbed with each other for long time causes corns. Usually corns gets formed on the bottom side of feet and in between the toes. But corns on hand are also common. Painful infected warts can also be considered as corns.

How to Remove Corns and Calluses?

  1. Raw Papaya / Fig Sap: Try applying fresh raw papaya fruit sap from it’s outer skin. For chronic corns raw fig is also effective. Take out some juice from a raw fig and apply on corns trice a day.
  2. Mustard Seeds: Place your feet in a basin with 4 tablespoons of mustard seeds and some boiling water to soothe. Pare the thickening skin away, and apply an emollient cream with rose oil. Rose oil will moisturize the skin.
  3. Liquorice Root: If the corns are at initial state Liquorice root is very useful. Apply the paste of Liquorice root mixed with sesame seed oil (or mustard oil). Put the paste on hard part of skin and leave it overnight. Slowly tough skin becomes small and corn size also become small.
  4. Garlic: Apply compresses of fresh garlic to the area. Or you can also try vinegar as it soothes the skin. Corns can be softened and treated by painting them with fresh lemon juice or vinegar.
  5. Lemon: Cut the fresh slice of lemon and make home made bandage with it. Keep it on the corns overnight, this is very effective and simple.
  6. Indian Squill Bulb: Indian squill bulb is also effective for corns and calluses. Squill bulb is also known as jangali pyaj or ran kanda. Dry roast the bulb and make a poultice with it. Apply on corns in the night and remove in the morning.
  7. Chalk: Take a small piece of chalk and make a paste with small amount of water. Apply this paste on corns. This is a simple alternative folk remedy.

Prevention Tips

  • If you think your current shoes are putting extra pressure on feet, better change them right way to avoid further formation on corns and calluses.
  • Try corn caps at initial stages. You can get corn caps at any convenient store.
  • Always clean your bottom of feet neatly and wash area between toes with soap and water. Dry it with clean towel and apply powder before putting shoes on.


Q. Can high heels cause corns on my feet?
High heels can cause corns on your feet. The pressure from the shoes can lead to calluses, bunions, and blisters. Wearing shoes with a wider toe box and lower heels can help reduce the chances of developing corns. You should also ensure that your shoes fit correctly, are comfortable, and provide enough cushioning and arch support. Taking regular breaks from your high heels is also important in order to give your feet a rest.

Q. What is the fastest way to cure a corn?
The fastest way to cure a corn is to soak the area in warm water for 15-20 minutes a few times a day. You can also apply an over-the-counter corn treatment to the area and cover with a bandage. If the corn persists, it may be necessary to see a doctor for further treatment.

Q. How do you get rid of corns naturally?

  1. Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salt: Soak your feet for 15 minutes in a warm water and Epsom salt solution. This will help to soften the skin and reduce the pain from the corn.
  2. Use an exfoliating scrub: Rub a pumice stone or a foot scrub over the corn to help reduce the size and thickness of the corn.
  3. Apply a corn pad: Apply a corn pad to the affected area to help relieve pressure from the corn.
  4. Use a vinegar soak: Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and apply it to the corn. This will help to soften the skin and reduce the size of the corn.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes: Make sure to wear shoes that fit correctly and do not put pressure on the affected area.

Q. How do you get rid of corns permanently?
There is no permanent cure for the problem, but they can be treated and managed. The best way to get rid of corns is to soak your feet in warm water, use a pumice stone or emery board to gently rub away the corn, apply a corn plaster to protect the area, and wear comfortable shoes with plenty of room for your toes. If necessary, consult a doctor for further treatment.

Q. Can baking soda remove corns?
No, baking soda cannot remove corns. Corns are a type of hard callus, and baking soda is not strong enough to remove them. You can, however, use baking soda to make a foot soak that may help soften the corn, making it easier to remove with a pumice stone or other method.

Q. How to dig out a corn on foot? Remove corns on feet overnight naturally

  1. Soak your feet: The most effective way to get rid of corns on your feet is to soak them in warm water for 15-20 minutes. This will soften the hard, thickened skin and help loosen the corn.
  2. Apply a pumice stone: After soaking your feet, use a pumice stone to gently rub the corn. Take care not to rub too hard or you may cause further irritation.
  3. Use a corn pad: A corn pad is a small, round pad that is placed over the corn. It is made of a soft material and contains salicylic acid, which helps to soften and remove the hard, thickened skin.
  4. Wear supportive shoes: Wear shoes with plenty of toe room and cushioning to relieve pressure.
  5. Apply moisturizing cream: After soaking and rubbing your feet, apply a moisturizing cream or lotion to keep the skin soft and prevent the corn from hardening again.
  6. Try a home remedy: A mixture of equal parts of vinegar and water can be applied directly to the corn. Cover the corn with a bandage and leave it on overnight. In the morning, the corn should have softened and can then be removed more easily.

Q. How to do deep corn removal at home? Remove corns from toes permanently
Corn removal at home is not recommended. It can be difficult to remove the corn properly and it can also lead to infection or other complications. If you have a corn and you want to remove corns from toes permanently it is best to see a doctor or podiatrist for proper removal. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat corns using a variety of methods. These methods may include using a scalpel to remove the corn, using a chemical to soften and break down the corn, using orthotics to reduce pressure on the area, or using laser therapy to reduce the hard skin.

Q. What does a corn look like after removed?
After a corn is removed, it will look like a small, circular lump of skin with a hard center. It may have a hard, yellowish-brown center surrounded by a red or raw-looking area.

Q. How to get rid of deep rooted corns?

  • Soak the affected area in warm water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Exfoliate the area using a pumice stone or a foot file to remove the outer layer of the corn.
  • Apply a salicylic acid topical cream or patch to the area.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes to reduce friction and pressure on the area.
  • Use cushioning and padding to reduce friction.
  • Trim your toenails regularly and keep them short.
  • Visit a podiatrist for cryotherapy or surgery if the corn is particularly deep or painful.

Q. Do corns have a hole in the middle?
No, corns typically do not have a hole in the middle.

Q. Will apple cider vinegar remove corns?
Apple cider vinegar can help soften the skin on a corn, making it easier to remove. However, it is not recommended to try to remove a corn on your own, as this can cause damage to the skin and lead to infection. It is best to seek medical advice from a doctor or podiatrist if you have a corn that needs to be removed.

Q. Do corn pads make corns go away?
No, corn pads will not make corns go away. They can, however, provide some relief from the uncomfortable symptoms associated with corns. To get rid of a corn, it is important to remove the pressure and friction causing it, and you may need to seek medical advice to have it professionally removed.

Q. What does a corn plaster do to a corn?
A corn plaster is a type of medicated adhesive pad that is designed to provide relief from corns and calluses. It is usually made with a medicated adhesive and contains salicylic acid to help break down hard skin and reduce pain and discomfort. It also helps to soothe the area and provide cushioning.

Q. How long should you use corn plasters for?
Corn plasters should be used until the corn or callus is softened and the skin is no longer irritated or painful. Depending on the severity of the corn or callus, this could take up to several weeks.

White spot after corn removal
It is possible that a white spot may appear after corn removal. This is usually due to scarring or discoloration of the skin. If the white spot is causing any discomfort, it is best to consult a doctor. The doctor may recommend treatments such as laser therapy, cryotherapy, or other minor procedures to reduce the appearance of the white spot.

Q. How do I get rid of a growing foot corn without excising it?
There are several at-home treatments that you can try to get rid of a foot corn without excising it. These include:

  • Soaking the affected area in warm, soapy water for 15-20 minutes and then using a pumice stone to gently exfoliate the corn.
  • Applying a corn or callus remover product to the affected area.
  • Applying a salicylic acid-based cream to the corn to help it gradually peel away 
  • Using a gel-filled cushion or pad to protect the corn from pressure and friction.
  • Wearing well-fitting, comfortable shoes to minimize friction on the affected area.
  • Duct tape to reduce friction on the area 
  • Wearing comfortable shoes that fit properly and provide plenty of cushioning.
  • Using a pumice stone to gently remove any extra skin 

If these at-home treatments do not work, you should consult with a doctor for further treatment options.

Q. Can I cut a corn off my toe?
No, you should not attempt to cut a corn off your toe. Doing so could cause an infection or other complications. It is best to visit a doctor for treatment of corns on your toes.

Q. How do I remove corns on a pinky toe?
The best way to remove corns on a pinky toe is to soak your foot in warm water and then use a pumice stone or foot file to gently rub away the corn. If the corn persists, see a podiatrist for treatment.

Types of corns on feet

  1. Hard Corns: These corns are the most common type and are typically found on the top or sides of the toes and the soles of the feet. They are small, round, and hard, with a thick and tightly packed center core.
  2. Soft Corns: These corns are usually found between the toes and are softer and more rubbery than hard corns. They often have a grayish-yellow color in the center.
  3. Seed Corns: Seed corns are tiny, hard bumps on the bottom of the foot that look like small seeds. They are usually caused by friction from ill-fitting shoes and can be painful when walking.
  4. Plantar Warts: These are warts that grow on the sole of the foot and can be large and flat. They may have a hard, grainy surface and are often surrounded by a callus.

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