It seems like I am the poster girl for problem feet. I need a wide shoe and when my mom used to take me shoe shopping, there were plenty of medium width shoes but none that fit my feet. She would get discouraged and tell me that maybe I should wear the box that the shoes came in.
I am an active walker and I get calluses on my big toes and corns in between my third and fourth toes. It would sure be nice if I could have nice smooth feet like some of the models you see on TV.
Corns and calluses are relatively common foot conditions. When your foot is faced with friction or pressure, it has a defense mechanism that creates thick and hardened layers of skin as a protective measure. This is all good information but how do you get rid of these pesky things?
Here is what I do. I put a cotton ball between my third and fourth toes, and then secure it with a Band-Aid in the front and back of the toes.
For calluses I do the same routine but place the cotton on the insides of my big toes. This is an everyday affair and one I would just as soon forego but it doesn’t take that long so I shouldn’t be griping so much.
Here are some tips to help you deal with unsightly calluses and corns:
Consult Your Doctor
If you have an underlying health condition that is causing your corns or calluses, seek treatment from a medical doctor before attempting to clear up the problem on your own at home.
Conditions in this category may include diabetes, or other illnesses that cause poor blood flow to your feet. But if you are healthy and free of medical conditions that would cause complications, go ahead and try the following remedies.
Soak Your Feet
If your wallet is flat as a pancake, you won’t be able to soak your feet in one of those big tubs at the spa. Purchase a tub big enough to put your feet in and soak in hot water and soap until the skin is soft and then file with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin.
A pumice stone may feel too rough for your feet the first time you use it, so it may take many sessions of soaking and filing to get the job done. When you are done, use plenty of lotion to soften the skin even more.
Take Vitamins E and A
Both of these important vitamins can be found in capsule form. Whichever one you use, simply squeeze open the capsule and apply to the corn, and then cover your feet with socks for the night. If you repeat this every night, your corns should disappear within time.
Use Baking Soda
Wow, I guess I learned something new today. I didn’t realize baking soda could help get rid of corns and calluses.
There are a few ways you can use baking soda. The first way is to mix just enough water with baking soda to make a paste, then apply it to the corns or calluses and rub it into the area.
You can also add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a warm foot bath and let your feet soak for as long as you like.
Pour Vinegar on a Cotton Ball
A small amount of vinegar can be poured onto a cotton ball and then taped onto the area you wish to heal. You can use a Band-Aid to fasten the cotton ball in place if you have no other adhesive tape.
Leave this remedy on overnight and remove it in the morning, then gently massage the area with a pumice stone.
Try these tips and see which ones work best for you. Chances are that you may have some of these remedies in your home already. Your feet will thank you.