Corns result more from friction rather than pressure. For this reason, it is common to find them on both feet and hands.
A corn, whether on foot or on the hand, is basically a rough skin spot that has resulted from the accumulation of dead skin. You may need to browse through some images and pictures to get the actual view of what it looks like.
It is not an infection, although bacteria can enter the body through open or cracked corns. Corns result from natural mechanisms by the body to protect from potential damage that may arise from constantly applied friction on a single part of the skin.
Although corns will clear with time once the source of friction has been eradicated, removal methods can be necessary especially when the corns are infected, painful or interfere with posture and gait.
How to remove corns on the feet permanently
A corn on the foot will mostly appear on toes. These go by the name of “hard corns.” They also often develop between toes, and these are termed “soft corns” which often cause pain.
People who walk barefooted may develop seed corns. These are caused by irregular friction resulting from stones and other objects. They are to be found on the sole and rarely cause pain.
If left alone without treatment for long, corns will extend deeper into the skin. These are known as fibrous corns, while the ones with blood vessels networks inside them are vascular corns. All these types can occur on feet.
When it comes to how to remove a corn on the feet, the treatment method of choice will depend on the location and stage of development that the corn is in.
Hard corns may need to be trimmed in a clinic for fast removal permanently. This will also work for fibrous corns. Soft and vascular corns on the other hand may not respond very well to crude treatment methods such as clinical trimming. Such a treatment method will only cause more pain and bleeding.
Rather, home remedies are best suited for the treatment of soft and vascular corns. Home remedies may not remove corns as fast as clinical treatment but they are very safe, affordable and will rarely cause pain or discomfort.
How to remove a corn on the heel fast
A foot deformity (heel spur) that results when a lot of calcium ions are deposited in the layers of the heel can cause a corn to develop on the heel. Not wearing shoes when walking can also encourage the development of corns on the heel.
It is very advisable that you get the heel spur treated as a way to remove the corn on the heel. If the corn is not resulting from heel spur, you then should consider getting some footwear to protect the heel from constant friction.
In most cases, a corn on the heel will not be painful. You can leave it to heal on its own once the source of friction has been identified and addressed. All the same, if the corn is causing pain or difficulties in maintaining the right posture, you can use any of the available home remedies to get rid of it fast.
Causes and How to remove a corn on the ball of foot
Long distance walks, worn out shoes and failing to put on socks are the most common causes of corns on the ball of foot. You can get rid of them simply by eradicating these factors.
For fast removal, use of antibiotics and moisturizing creams can help. You may not want to use over the counter kits like the ones used for common wart removal, since they may contain salicylic acid. It is not that this acid will not prove to be effective in relation to removing the corn on the heel; it is just that it may cause further irritation and lead to more difficulties in maintaining good posture and gait.
Home remedies can be used before retiring to bed to get rid of the corns. This is in fact the more recommended option since it will rarely interfere with your daily activities.
Treatment and how to remove corns on the hands
Corns will form on any part of the skin where friction is often sustained. They can, for example, form on hands, elbows and fingers.
Even if you are to get rid of a corn, it will still come back if the source of friction is not addressed. Therefore, when it comes to how to remove a corn on the hands permanently, you will need to address the source of friction first before moving on to the available treatment and removal methods.
All in all, any of the following can be used to get rid of corn on hands:
- Use padded gloves – these will keep your hands from the external objects which may be causing friction to the affected areas.
- Emory board or file – either can be used to gradually get rid of the corn’s layers, one after the other.
- Pumice stone – after ensuring that the affected areas are softened, gently rub off the dead keratin cells. Note that overdoing this can cause open sores on the corns and make way for bacteria entry.
- Essential oils – although not all will work in removing the corns fast, some like castor oil are very effective as much as corns removal goes. You can also try some turpentine oil, especially for painful or infected corns.
- Creams – some creams and moisturizers can help soften the corns and make it easier for files, Emory boards and pumice stones to do their job effectively. Also, they help keep the corns from cracking and opening for bacteria to enter the body.
If a corn on the hands is not causing you any discomfort and is not infected, it is better to refrain from using over the counter or surgical removal methods. They can end up leaving scarring or even cause complications in people with diabetes and heart problems.
How to remove a corn on palm; what does it look like
A corn on the palm is sometimes preceded by a blister but not always. In fact, it can form on the same spot that a blister has healed. You may need to browse through pictures and images for the same to know what it looks like.
When it comes to how to remove a corn on the palm, the first thing you will need to ensure is that you have identified the source of friction. Otherwise, you will spend all your efforts on removal methods just to have them come back.
To get rid of them, apply some natural moisturizing cream on your palms and some vitamin E oil. Vitamin E is very important for skin health and in fact can be used to treat sensitive skin conditions such as removing a skin tag on the eyelid. Use a bandage to keep the mixture in position, for as long all any blisters or sores haven’t yet healed. After that, use a pumice stone to get rid of the hardened skin layers.
If the corns are to persist, you can have them removed in a clinic or with over the counter removal kits and creams.
How to remove a corn on the fingers quickly
Just like the other parts of the hand, corns can also develop on fingers. This is common in guitar players, especially those who play with unprotected fingers.
There are various home remedies that you can choose from in regards to how to remove corns on the fingers.
Lemon juice is perhaps the most effective. The juice contains some mild acid which can also be used to treat a pimple in the mouth. When treating corns, apply the juice directly to them. You might want to use a bandage to keep the juice from rubbing off. Another fruit whose juice can treat corns is papaya. The juice is best extracted from a raw papaya.
Apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil are also potent removal options. In fact, they can also be used for ringworm treatment due to their antifungal properties.
A pineapple peel can also be applied on the corns and held to position with a bandage. You can also try applying the milk extracted from figs.
You can also try a combination of onions, garlic and baking soda. Garlic is of many skin benefits, both when applied externally and when eaten. In fact, it is gentle on the skin and can be used to remove anal skin tags or for genital warts treatment. To use garlic or onions for corns removal, cut the bulb into two halves and rub the fresh part on the corns. A paste made from baking soda and some water will aid in speedy healing process and also prevent from infections.