How can we be expected to wear fabulous shoes if nasty little callouses keep causing us pain? A combination of prevention and treatment will rid you of corns forever and have you wearing skin-bearing sandals all summer long.
Change Your Shoes:
Tight, pointy shoes are common culprits for causing corns, but any ill-fitting shoe can create friction or pressure problems. Shop for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet have swollen to the size after a full day’s walking. Also buy shoes that give you enough room at the top to keep your foot from hitting the front.
Wear Protective Pads:
Use doughnut-shaped protectors to gently surround the corn with padding, and reduce the amount of friction from your shoes. Drug stores also carry gel pads that combine protection and moisturizer for maximum relief.
Cushion Your Toes:
Stick a cushion of cotton, lamb’s wool, or mole skin between your toes, if you find corns growing there. Pick them up at your local drug store. The most important thing is to find padding that provides you with the most comfort.
Soften Your Corns:
Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salts, twice a day for 10 minutes. This will soften corns and relieve pain. Good old-fashioned Vaseline is also effective, as well as lanolin creams like Triple Lanolin Original Hand & Body Cream.
Once you’ve softened up those tough layers of skin, it’s time to remove some of them. Use a pumice stone or callus file to reduce the size of corns. Leave it to your doc to use any kind of sharp instrument or cutting tool.
See a Specialist:
If these attempts to get rid of corns don’t work, it’s time to see a professional. It could indicate a problem with underlying bones.