The medical term used to describe toe corn is hyperkeratosis. This can be described as thickening of the skin on the toe area. Corns are nothing but concentrated dead skin cells that make the skin of the affected area thick and hard to touch. They can be found in various parts of the feet, but are most common on the toe area, which we refer to as toe corn.
The main cause behind this formation is excessive pressure and friction on the skin surface against ill fitting shoes. There are two main types of toe corn: hard and soft. The former are found on the top, front, and back of the toe. On the other hand, the latter are found in between the toes and results from bone abnormalities caused by wearing of tight fitted shoes. In this article, you will learn all about toe corn removal.
Toe corn removal is not required unless and until it starts hurting the feet. There are a number of over the counter medicated products that can be used for removing toe corns. These products are available in the form of drops, pads, plasters, etc. The common ingredient of all these products is salicylic acid that dissolves out the protein substance present under the layers of dead skin cells of the corn.
Read the directions given on the label before using the product. After the treatment, the top layers of the skin will turn red and can be trimmed or peeled off. Thus, the size of the corn is reduced and would hurt you less.
Those who are suffering from diabetes or poor blood circulation should stay away from home treatments. In case the corn gets infection and pus is formed inside it, then you should not try to treat it yourself, and need to consult a podiatrist or foot doctor who will prescribe antibiotics to bring down the infection first.
In such cases, if the corn needs to be trimmed, it should be done by the doctor who will use a special small knife for this purpose. It is only in some rare cases that the surgical option is availed for treatment. It is conducted in those cases where abnormal bone structure like bunion is responsible for causing toe corn. The surgery involves removal or modification of that particular bone in order to correct the toe position.
There are a number of natural substances that are easily found in our home and can be used for the purpose of removing toe corn. They are as follows:
Soak your feet for 15 - 20 minutes into a tub of warm water to which Epsom salts has been added. Then, apply an ice bag for about an hour. Then, rub a pumice stone gently over the corn. As the dead skin layers have softened, they will wear away quite easily.
Take a fresh lemon, cut it into thin, round slices and remove all the seeds from them. Apply the lemon slice on the toe corn and wrap it up with a bandage or wear a thick sock. Let the lemon piece stay on the corn overnight and next morning wash off with warm water. When done regularly, it can remove the corn quite easily.
Turmeric powder has natural healing properties that can be helpful in foot corn treatment. Prepare a thick paste by mixing up honey and turmeric powder. Apply it on the corn in the form of thick layer every day. It should be applied daily and with first 2 - 3 days marked improvement can be observed in the condition.
A corn tends to come back after some time. After the removal, you should take preventive measures so that they do not come back again. Wear well fitted shoes that are very spacious with wide and deep toe boxes. Thus, the pressure from the toes will be relieved. If required, you can also use shoe inserts that will distribute the body weight evenly and prevent excessive rubbing of the toes.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.