We all want perfect feet, especially in the summer time when wearing sandals and gorgeous open toed shoes are an absolute must. There are some things that stop us women from showing off our feet in our new strappy heels though, one of them being corns.
Corns are an unflattering hardening of the skin that occurs for a few different reasons. There are hard corns, which are corns that develop when we wear shoes that do not fit our feet correctly or if we have malformations in our feet. Then there are also soft corns which typically occur between our toes, and are a result of how our feet are genetically designed (mostly toe width is to blame).
If you happen to have hard corns, the easiest solution would be to purchase and wear shoes that are made for wider feet. Yes, this may mean that you have to sacrifice a bit of style for your feet, but it’s worth it. You can also try to apply some lamb’s wool padding over the affected areas. If all else fails, there are other options that you can look at, such as:
Having your corns cut out.
Having the corns burnt off with an acid preparation.
Having your feet and/or toes surgically altered if the malformation of your feet is causing health issues (surgery won’t be performed only because you are developing corns, however).
A visit to your doctor can have you walking out of their office with a prescription for some over the counter medicine. A lot of people really enjoy the medicated corn pads that are sold in stores. If you aren’t too fond of using medicated ointments, there are herbal alternatives out there as well. Some of these include:
- Green figs
Applying any one of those herbs can help reduce and even eliminate the corn. Some people also swear that ice has greatly helped them in removing their hard corns.
Soft corns are a bit more difficult to treat, and the treatment isn’t as easy as applying an ice cube to your toes. Though wearing wider shoes may be of some benefit to those who develop soft corns, surgical removal is almost always necessary. In this type of surgery, the surgeon will scrape off the widened bone of the fourth and fifth toes which is causing the corns. Once the width of the toes is reduced, you should not develop any soft corns between your toes. It is an uncomplicated procedure, and though it may sound painful, it will only leave you with a few stitches and does not require a hospital stay.
NOTE: For some, removing corns inappropriately can lead to dire consequences. Those with diabetes or autoimmune deficiencies, for example, must consult with their physician before attempting to remove corns on their own. Diabetics and those with autoimmune disorders have an increased risk of infection, meaning that even the smallest nick on the foot can cause the infected area to become gangrenous.
Almost all corns can be removed or at least reduced to a state where they are livable and even unnoticeable, so before resorting to cutting your corn and risking damage to your skin, try some of these ointments and homeopathic remedies first.