Corns and calluses are usually formed in areas where we have continuous friction and pressure especially under the feet. This is the skin’s way of protecting itself from the friction and pressure. That’s all very good and nice but corns and calluses are ugly and make the feet unattractive. They also make showing off your lovely gams in sandals and flip-flops a tad difficult.
Corns and calluses are displayed as thick and rough areas, hardened raised bumps, which can be itchy and flaky, dry skin. They are rarely painful but have been known to become inflamed and require medical attention.
Before treating corns and calluses, it’s necessary to eliminate the things, which are causing the friction and pressure. They could be all or any of the following:
- Ill fitting and uncomfortable shoes.
- Not wearing hosiery with shoes.
- Using equipment that causes consistent pressure on specific locations.
Once you eliminate or reduce all of the above, you should begin to see an improvement but when it comes to the corns and calluses already there, you will need to do some other things. Regular pedicures can also help but I’m sure a lot of people can’t invest in pedicures every week. This is where the cost friendly recipes below comes in.
Treatment 1 for Corns & Calluses
- Mix 3 tablespoons of clear castor oil with 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil.
- Warm up slightly.
- Apply under and over your feet and toes. Really work it in; massage for several minutes.
- Put on a pair of socks and go to bed.
The next morning when you take off the socks, gently work a pumice stone over and under your feet. You can be a bit more vigorous with the under feet area. Rinse and wash out. Repeat every other day.
Treatment 2 for Corns & Calluses
- Work 3 tablespoons of baking powder through a sieve.
- Add in 3 tablespoons of clear castor oil and 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil.
- Mix together until it forms a consistent grainy texture.
- Apply under and over your feet.
- Put on a pair of socks and leave in overnight. Work it through over and under your feet the next morning then rinse out with lukewarm water.
- Two days after this treatment, wash and rinse your feet then wait for it to dry out. Apply 1 drop of salicylic acid on each corn and spread two drops under the feet. Put your feet up for 5 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. Wash with mild soap and rinse again then moisturize with this balm.
The salicylic acid will dry up the dead tissue and allow it to be peeled away safely after a few treatments. Do this only once a week. You can repeat the baking soda scrub 1 – 2 times a week.
It takes time for this treatment to work especially if you have really thickened corns and calluses but stay with the treatment and be consistent with it over at least 3 months. You can also add in almond oil if you want.
If they persist even after trying all of above then it’s time to see a podiatrist for more intense treatment.