Corn is hardened skin on the joints of the fingers of the toes or on the soles of the feet. Corns are caused by wearing faulty or incorrect footwear or by too much strain or pressure on the toes. They can be painful if left untreated, as they harden over a period of time. Before going in for some effective and inexpensive home remedies, it is essential to go in for certain precautions.
It is important to stop wearing the faulty or tight footwear immediately, as this will stop the pressure being exerted on the toes where the corn is formed. The feet should be scrubbed and washed daily with pumice stone and a good talcum powder should be applied after washing the feet. This will soften the newly formed corns and gradually remove them.
A fresh lemon can be cut and tied with a soft cloth to the affected area and left overnight. This is sure to rid you of the corn. Strange, but true, an ordinary chalk can also cure corns. It should be mixed with water to form a smooth paste which can then be applied to the thick skin to make it softer.
Mix mustard oil or sesame oil with a few liquorice sticks and the paste thus formed can be applied on the toes. Leave it for the night and you will get rid of corns in a few days. Juice of green figs can be applied 3-4 times. This is known to soften even the most stubborn corns. Regular application of papaya juice for 3-4 times a day over a few days can also reduce the corns.
A soft muslin cloth can be dipped in vinegar and tied on the foot for about 24 hours before removing it. The corn will gradually come off. Tie the skin of a ripe banana on the foot and leave it overnight. This will remove the corn and give a glow to the foot.
Take the juice of a fresh pineapple and apply it on the corns. This is a sure method to remove them completely. Applying castor oil will also soften the corn.
Prepare a liquid by diluting chamomile tea and soak the feet in it for some time. This will relieve the pain in the corns. The bulb of the Indian herb Squill can be roasted and tied to the corn with a cloth and left for the night. The corn is bound to come off in the morning.
Make a paste with baking soda, lemon juice and water and leave it to dry after applying. Repeat this for a week. This will clear all the dead skin over the corn and the make the corn disappear.
Crush 4-5 aspirins to form a paste with water. Then apply this on the corns to ease the pain.
Corn caps are available with chemists and at all drugstores. These plasters if left on the affected skin overnight can soften the corn and remove them in a few days.