You may want to know ways to remove corns if you have bumps or thick patches of skin on your feet that hurt. In days gone by, several methods were suggested to cure corns. Among the popular bits of advice were spitting on corns and rubbing skin with raw meat. What people didn't realize until too late, however, was that none of these cures work.
The best way to remove corns is to prevent them from developing in the first place. This means wearing shoes that fit properly: not too tight and not too loose. It may also mean giving up high heeled shoes. It is key that your toes can always wiggle in the shoes you wear. In addition, wearing cotton-polyester blend socks with shoes can help prevent corns by keeping your toes and feet from rubbing against the insides of your shoes.
That being said, you can rub your corns with a pumice stone when you take a shower or bath to help reduce those thick layers of skin. In fact, soaking your feet before you use a pumice stone will result in softer feet softer overall, making it easier to use that stone. Don't forget to keep your feet moisturized. You may also choose to buy over-the-counter corn removal pads or liquids, which contain salicylic acid. Just make sure that you apply these pads carefully, as the acid can damage healthy skin.
If you have diabetes or circulation problems, go to your physician to treat your corns. You may also choose to visit your doctor if your corns are extremely painful or occur frequently regardless of the shoes that you wear. In this case, your doctor may elect to cut back the corn with a scalpel. Your physician could suggest an antibiotic to help prevent an infection or suggest that you apply a patch that includes 40 percent salicylic acid. Your doctor may recommend shoe inserts if the reason that your corns develop have less to do with the shoes that you wear than how your foot is formed. If the root of the problem rests in how the bones in your foot are aligned, you may end up having surgery, although this is rare.