The cause of corns is shoes that do not fit well. They rub on your toes and feet causing a build-up of skin and pressure on nerves. The first thing to do is get proper fitting shoes, then try one of these remedies to get rid of the corns and calluses.


An easy method to relieve corns is to soak your feet in plain lukewarm water for 5 to 10 minutes, then use a pumice stone to gently rub off the dead skin a little at a time. If you have diabetes, decreased sensation or poor circulation, check with your podiatrist before you begin this program. After you have rubbed your feet, use a moisturizing cream such as vitamin E cream or vitamin E oil to help keep your feet soft.


Apple cider vinegar Soak a small piece of cloth in vinegar and bind it on the toe; leave it on day and night. The corn will come out by the root. Another variation is to soak the feet in a shallow pan of warm water with half a cup of the vinegar. Rub down the corns and calluses with a clean pumice stone.

Castor oil Touch the corn with a toothpick soaked in castor oil.

Lemon Soak the feet in warm water for 15 minutes; apply a small piece of the inside of a lemon peel to the corn; tape it and leave it on overnight. In three days the corn should lift off.

• In addition to applying the lemon poultice mentioned above, put 1-2 drops of the essential oil of lemon on the corn during the day by using a Q-Tip to apply the oil. Don't put the oil on the surrounding skin.


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