7 Remedies for Foot Calluses and Corns
Why is it that we pay so little attention to our feet, when they’re such a fundamental part of the body? Supporting our entire body weight and helping us get from one place to another isn’t enough for a little extra care? Just as you care for the skin of your face, for example, you should do the same for your feet. Otherwise, signs of damage and neglect will start to appear. In today’s article we’ll teach you some home remedies to remove foot calluses and corns that form on the feet. Not only will your feet look more beautiful, it will also reduce some of those aches and pains.
Why do foot calluses form on the feet?
After a long day your feet can get really tired. Wearing high heels, no socks, dry environments, lack of exfoliation, shoes that are too tight and worn too many hours, sweat…all these are factors that can cause foot problems.
Foot calluses and corns can appear in various parts of your feet, especially on the heel, on the sides of the big or pinky toes, or on top of your toes. At first they’re just somewhat annoying, but if you let them go they become increasingly painful.
If you’ve ever suffered from corns then you already know they can be unbearable – keeping you from wearing shoes at all, causing pain throughout the day…and this is reflected in your mood, your productivity at work, and even your personality.
If you’ve never had corns (what luck!) it’s important that you start now to take some preventative measures. For example, remember to moisturize your feet every time you take a bath or shower. And once a week, massage a few drops of olive oil or some petroleum jelly into your feet for deep moisture. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes that aren’t too tight, or too loose. If they’re new, apply a bandage over places where you know you tend to get blisters or calluses, and don’t wear them for too long at first.
It’s also a good idea to take your shoes and socks off when you come home from work, and soak your feet in a bowl of warm water and herbs, like chamomile. This will make them feel more rested (and the scent of herbs will make you feel better, as well).
If you already have calluses, make friends with the infamous pumice stone, but remember to use it carefully and don’t scrub your feet until it’s painful. Always try to use it at the end of your shower or bath, when the skin of your feet is softer. You can also use a file to remove any rough edges from your heels, the soles of your feet, or your toes. Just don’t do this for more than three minutes, and always apply a moisturizer afterwards. Remember to wear comfortable shoes from now on, and pay attention to any symptoms of discomfort or pain that may arise.
Home remedies for corns and calluses
Aside from using a pumice stone, corns can be very deep and painful when you step on them. Pay attention to these home remedies:
Recipe No. 1 for calluses.
- ½ onion
Cut an onion in half and rub the raw vegetable on the affected area of the foot. Repeat this procedure every night before going to bed. There’s no need to rinse your feet, just let the onion juice soak into your skin. Put on a pair of socks and go to bed. Onions are curative and anti-inflammatory.
Recipe No. 2 for calluses.
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (15 ml)
Mash the garlic and the olive oil and cover the surface of the callus. Apply a bandage or cloth over top of the paste and leave it on overnight. Wipe it off in the morning, without rinsing. Repeat this daily until your problem is gone.
Recipe No. 3 for calluses.
- 1 handful of nettle stems and flowers
- 1 tablespoon water (15 ml)
Keeping nettle at home is a great idea. Take a handful of stems and flowers and blend them with some water. You’ll get a paste of sorts that you can apply directly to the callus. Cover with gauze or a cloth for at least three hours before removing.
Recipe No. 4 for calluses.
- 1 handful of marigold flowers and leaves
- 1 tablespoon water (15 ml)
The procedure is the same as with nettle. Apply every night before bed.
Recipe No. 5 for calluses.
- 1 fig
This fruit has anti-inflammatory properties and at the same time, it provides freshness and relief. Cut a fig in half, remove the pulp, and apply it directly to the callus or corn before bedtime. Cover with a bandage and wear socks to keep from dirtying your sheets. Leave it on overnight, and soak your feet in warm water in the morning. Afterwards, use a pumice stone and finally, apply your regular moisturizer.
Recipe No. 6 for calluses.
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda (18 g)
- 1 tablespoon of warm water (15 ml)
Make a thick paste using the baking soda and water. Apply it to your callus in a circular motion to promote exfoliation. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes, and remove with warm water. Then use a pumice stone or file. Don’t forget to moisturize your feet.
Recipe No. 7 for calluses.
- 4 tablespoons of chamomile (60 ml)
- 1 liter of boiling water
Make a chamomile tea. Let it cool for a few minutes and then soak your feet in a bowl containing the liquid, taking care not to burn them. This will soften your calluses and make them easier to remove using a pumice stone. While we might sound like a broken record, it’s important to always end any treatment with moisturizer.