Corns and calluses develop on the skin as a result of repeated friction to your feet. “Corns typically develop on the tops and sides of the toes, and on the balls of the feet, and common causes are arthritis or poorly fitting shoes,” according to Dr. Nada Elbuluk, assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Treating your corns involve soaking them in warm water for up to 10 minutes, using a pumice stone to gently file the area, and applying lotion that has salicylic acid, ammonium lactate, or urea. Avoid shoes that are too tight for your feet and add pressure onto your toes.
Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns are thickenings of the skin of your feet, often developed in areas under a lot of pressure. They are often layers of the skin that have become dry, rough, and painful, and are normally smaller than calluses.
Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of corns such as wearing:
– Well-fitting socks
– Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
– Shoes that offer support such as padding or cushioning
Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid and should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.
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