8 Reliable Home Remedies for Corns and Calluses
Use these natural, kitchen cabinet cures to get rid of painful corns and calluses.
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Fill a basin with hot, soapy water, then add a cup of apple cider vinegar before soaking your feet in the water for at least 15 minutes. Calluses should be softened enough to be filed with a pumice stone. For corns, dab some castor oil on after soaking your feet. Corns should peel away after about 10 days of the treatment. (Also, try these home remedies for foot odor that really work.)
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Before bed, use a needle to prick a vitamin E or A capsule, then rub the oil into your corn. After letting the oil sit for a few minutes, put on a white cotton sock and head to bed. Repeat nightly until the corn is gone.
Before going to sleep, cut a slice of lemon peel about an inch long and the width of your toe. Place the pith over the corn, securing with a bandage and covering with a white cotton sock overnight. Continue each night until the corn disappears. (Try these tips to alleviate bunion pain without surgery.)
In a glass container, pour white vinegar over a slice of white onion. Leave the container in a warm place during the day, then cover the corn with the onion before you go to bed. Use a bandage or bandage tape to hold it in place while you sleep. If the corn is not soft enough to be removed in the morning, repeat the treatment nightly until it softens more.
Soak a half a slice of stale bread in apple cider vinegar and secure it to the affected part of your foot with adhesive tape. Wrap with plastic wrap and slip on a cotton sock. Your corn or callus should disappear by morning. (These are common feet problems and the simple ways podiatrists fix them.)
For corns on toes, place a non-medicated, O-shaped corn pad around the corn. Use a cotton swab to dab a few drops of castor oil onto the corn, then cover with adhesive tape to keep it from moving. Wear old socks in case the castor oil leaks through.
Crush five or six uncoated aspirin tablets and mix with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Once you’ve added enough to form a paste, rub it onto a corn or callus, using a bandage to hold it in place. After at least 10 minutes, the bump should be loose enough to gently rub off with a pumice stone.
For calluses, toss a handful of Epsom salts into a basin of warm water, then soak feet for about 10 minutes. Once the dead skin has softened, use a callus file or pumice stone to rub off the top layers. Continue grind the callus down a bit each day after a bath or shower. It might take a few weeks, but trying to remove the whole thing at once will make the callus worse if you grind too deep. (Try these homemade foot scrubs to pamper your feet.)
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To treat your calluses with baking soda mix together water, baking soda, and lime juice to form a paste. Apply the paste to the corn or callus and let it sit overnight. It will exfoliate the dead skin cells and keep the area infection free. Repeat every night for five to seven days until the corn or callus becomes dry and flakes away.
Mix together one tablespoon of turmeric powder and 1.5 tablespoons of honey to create a thick paste. Apply to the corn and let it air dry, then rinse clean with warm water. Do this twice a day. The corn or callus should reduce in size within two to three days. Turmeric has healing and antimicrobial properties. When that is mixed with the soothing properties of honey it works to heal your corn. (These are secrets your podiatrist won’t tell you.)