The skin on the feet can get hard and thick when we wear shoes that are not properly adjusted. Wearing uncomfortable shoes often results in the formation of small, circular corns on the sole of the foot or on the sides of the toes, sometimes even between them.
This is a form of protection that the skin applies when it’s exposed to a lot of friction or pressure. The epidermis builds up dead skin cells in order to protect the deeper layers of the skin and over time those dead cells from corn that may become not only uncomfortable and unattractive-looking but also very painful.
Corns on feet may affect anyone, regardless of age and sex so you should take good care of your feet in order to avoid them.
How to avoid corns on feet
Buy Comfortable Shoes
The simplest way to avoid corn on feet is to wear comfortable, well-fitted shoes. It is especially important if you walk a lot every day. Remember, however, that corns can develop on your feet even if you simply stand in ill-fitted shoes for a few hours. If possible, choose flat shoes without narrowing tips so they are adjusted to the natural anatomy of the foot. Avoid heels and wear them only on special occasions. Daily use of high heels affects not only your feet but also the spine and may result in scoliosis.
Make sure you adjust the type of shoes to your activity. Different shoes support the foot in different ways and it’s very important that you choose the right shoes depending on whether you go jogging, hiking or whether you spend all day at work on your feet. And remember that too roomy shoes are as bad as the ones that are too small. Well-fitted shoes are supposed to fit the shape and size of your feet, give your foot support and not slide when you walk.
Protect the Feet
While wearing uncomfortable shoes is bad for your feet, walking barefoot is not a good idea either. Our skin has adjusted over years to the extra protection of socks and shoes and while it’s recommendable to walk barefoot from time to time at home, on the beach or some other feet-friendly environment, you should avoid walking without shoes on the soil, stones or asphalt or prolonged barefoot walking in general. To give your feet better protection, use socks that have extra padding under the sole and on the sides.
Improve Blood Circulation
People who suffer from poor blood circulation, e.g. due to diabetes or peripheral arterial disease are more prone to developing corns. If you are generally healthy but have poor blood circulation, you should try a foot massage or exercise more in order to pump the blood to your feet.
Good blood circulation is crucial for skin regeneration and prevents the accumulation of dead skin cells. If the occurrence of corns on your feet may be related to diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, you should contact the doctor and get a special foot treatment.
Proper Foot Care
Remember to exfoliate and moisturize your feet regularly. Every day in the shower you should perform a gentle massage with a pumice stone in order to remove dead skin cells. Rinse your feet thoroughly and dry them well. Before bedtime, apply a moisturizer on your feet in order to keep the skin soft and nourished.
The skin on your feet suffers more than any other skin area since throughout the whole day it’s in constant contact with other surfaces, be it the floor or the inside of the shoe. That’s why your feet deserve extra special care.
Home Remedies for Corns on feet
Corns normally heal on their own if you eliminate the problem that causes them, e.g. when you stop wearing a specific pair of uncomfortable shoes. The healing process lasts quite long, however, since multiple layers of skin need to get rebuilt. If you need fast results, you can try some of the home remedies we describe below.
Regular use of pumice stone will help you get rid of dead skin cells and keep your feet smooth and soft. If you want to target a specific area affected by corn, massage it with a pumice stone twice a day after soaking your feet in warm water for at least 10 minutes.
The softer the skin gets, the more dead skin cells will loosen up during the massage and you will see the desired results faster. In order to prevent the corns from developing, use a pumice stone every two to three days to enhance the natural exfoliation process.
Due to the high concentration of acids, vinegar is very effective in softening the skin and calluses. It also reduces the risk of bacterial or fungal infection. In order to make the most of the properties of vinegar in the treatment of your corns, prepare a mixture of two tablespoons of vinegar and two tablespoons of water and apply it with a cotton ball on the corns.