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How to Get Rid of a Corn on Your Toes

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Footsteps on the sand - Corns affect thousands of people all over the world.

Footsteps on the sand - Corns affect thousands of people all over the world.

What Is a Corn?

Corns are a build-up of hard skin that form on a person's toe. In the very middle of this hard skin, there is a hard core which is the root. Even if you pare the build-up off your foot, the hard centre will form a new corn. They are also known as a callus. They form under great friction between sock, shoe, and foot. If not treated, they can get very painful with time.

Visit a Doctor

Yeah, you've heard it all before, visit a doctor. As silly as it may seem, your doctor will know exactly what kind of corn it is and how to get rid of it. Although many other treatments will be recommended for you to treat it yourself, visit a doctor if the problem persists. Doctors often give a strong antibiotic which will kill the corn immediately. If you have diabetes or circulatory problems, do not try to remove the corn yourself, go immediately to a doctor.

However, if you still don't want to visit a doctor try these powerful treatments instead.

Soak Your Feet

An effective remedy for getting rid of a corn on your foot is soaking your feet in warm water and then paring it down. This is a handy method for use on small, treatable corns. Here are the steps you need to take to do so.

  • Warm two to three litres of water using a kettle or pan. Make sure it is not boiling but still very hot. Then, pour the water into a bath or tub and gently lower your feet into the tub of hot water. Add a few drops of essential oil for a nice scent. Leave your feet there to soak for 10-15 minutes.
  • Once you have done this, get a skin file and begin paring at the corn. It should get smaller as you do so and hard flakes of skin should peel away.
  • To fully get rid of it, repeat again twice. Afterward, rub some foot softening balm onto your foot.

Over the Counter Medication

To start diminishing your corn, use over the counter medication. It is much stronger than the remedy above and will blast away the ailment for good. There are medications which come in liquid form and all you do is apply that liquid with a brush onto the corn. These medications contain salicylic acid which treats build-up. However, this acid may be a little strong and could burn your foot. That is very unlikely, but if you are allergic to salicylic acid in any way, do not use this medication. Other forms of salicylic acid include OTC pads which are like small plasters that you apply to the callus.

Alternatively, try corn blasters that use liquid nitrogen to freeze the callus, making it to fall off within a day or two. This treatment can be a little painful since the nitrogen is so cold but you only need to apply it for ten seconds and you are done. This is a very effective kind of treatment and is powerful.

If your corn has formed due to friction from your shoe, doing the treatments above are virtually worthless. Even if the callus will disappear, the friction from your shoe will cause it to grow back again. To prevent this, you may need to buy silicone foam wedges in your pharmacy which relieve pressure and friction between your toe and callus.

Your shoes could be the cause!

Your shoes could be the cause!

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Change Your Shoes

Your shoes can be the source of the problem and changing your shoes can stop the corn from returning back. If you wear high heels with a v-shaped top, avoid this as it can cause calluses to regrow. Wear wider shoes instead.

Preventative Measures

If you do not have any corns, you are very lucky and you should prevent getting one as they are very painful. Here are some simple procedures you should take everyday to prevent calluses from forming on your toe.

  • Change your socks daily and do not wear extra-tight socks as they might cause friction.
  • If your socks get sweaty during the day, change them to prevent infection.
  • Wash your feet particularly very well when showering or having a bath. Scrub in between every toe. Dry and apply a moisturising foot cream.
  • Wear wide shoes and avoid wearing tight shoes which may induce friction.
  • Use a skin file now and again to flake away any hard skin.


I hope you have taken some great treatments away with you as you try to heal that corn. Do note that I am not a medical professional and I do not take any responsibility for any actions you take towards healing your corn. It is always advised to go to a doctor, to prevent infection.

Please leave your feedback and comments below where I will be delighted to answer you!


Susan W (author) from The British Isles, Europe on July 23, 2013:

Hi Peg,

Thanks for commenting, I agree corns are downright painful and can be a real nuisance. Oh, your poor Auntie! Getting her corn cut off, that must have been painful for her, with no anaesthetic either, all I can say is ouch! Hopefully, this treatments will help her, especially the soaking technique. Thanks for reading, Peg!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 22, 2013:

Corns on the toe are downright painful and definitely cause a lot of discomfort when wearing shoes. I wish the doctor had given some type of antibiotic treatment to my dear Auntie who has a corn on her second toe on the top due to hammertoe. It is irritated by just about any kind of shoe and all the doctor did was try to cut it off with no anesthesia! Yipes. We did not return to this podiatrist who seemed immune to her pain at his hands. Unfortunately she is quite elderly and can't do the filing thing but soaking does seem to relieve some of the pain.

Thank you for this informative article.

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