Corns and Calluses
Corns and Calluses
On an average, we walk 10,000 steps a day- needless to say, our feet do a lot of work throughout the day, but unfortunately, they tend to be ignored. Wearing uncomfortable shoes, walking long distances, etc. can put a strain on the feet and make them susceptible to conditions like calluses and corns.
Corns and calluses are basically a build-up of hard, dead skin cells around the toes or on the soles of the feet, which may sometimes even be painful. While they are not actually a major health problem, they may lessen the aesthetic appeal of the feet and sometimes even make walking difficult.
Here we’ve listed down some effective herbs that may be used to deal with corns and calluses.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar, particularly apple cider vinegar, is found to be effective against calluses and corns. Rubbing some vinegar over the affected area can help soften the skin of the feet, facilitate removal of dead skin cells, and thus corns and calluses too.
You can also soak your feet in a diluted solution of vinegar for a few minutes and after soaking, gently rub the area with a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells that may have accumulated in the area.
Calendula is an herb that is thought to be extremely effective in dealing with foot problems, particularly corns and calluses. Calendula soothes inflammation, promotes the formation of new skin cells, helps shed dead skin cells and keeps the feet looking young, fresh and clean.
You can find many skin products that contain calendula extracts- apply them to your feet. They can also be effective in dealing with cuts and wounds on the feet.
A solution of baking soda and warm water is believed to be one of the best natural treatments when it comes to dealing with corns, calluses and other foot problems. Massaging the foot with a paste of baking soda can act as a natural skin scrub, and can remove calluses, corns and other dead skin cell accumulations.
Castor oil is an effective natural moisturizer- it softens the skin of the feet and even those of the corns and calluses and helps shed them off naturally. Applying castor oil to your feet and massaging it before going to bed every night can help you reduce the appearance of calluses and corns.
Epsom salts are believed to help relieve inflammation and swelling associated with the development of corns and calluses. Soaking your feet in a tub containing Epsom salts and warm water can help soften calluses and corns, and you can then gently remove them by rubbing a pumice stone over the area.
Lemon is a natural antibacterial agent, and is helpful in dealing with bacterial infections of the feet. Soaking your feet in water and then rubbing them with a piece of lemon can remove dead skin cells, prevent infections and make the skin of the feet appear lighter.
Papaya is known to contain an enzyme known as papain, which breaks down muscle fibers. It is due to this very property that papaya is being used as a natural meat tenderizer- and it can be wonderfully effective against corns and calluses too. Applying the juice of papaya on the corn/ callus can break its muscle fibers, cause it to loosen up and eventually wear down, leaving your skin feeling smooth and clean.
Yes, pineapple peel! It is believed that this tropical fruit contains certain enzymes that soften the tough skin of the corns and calluses and help remove them from the skin. Place a pineapple peel over the corn/callus, and let it remain for as long as you can, preferably every day till it dissolves.
Soaking your feet in a diluted solution of chamomile tea can be a wonderful remedy when it comes to dealing with corns and calluses. Chamomile contains soothing herbal extracts that can change the pH of your feet and help them lose the unwanted dead skin cells.
Moisturizing your feet daily, soaking them in warm water for a few minutes and the rubbing them with a pumice stone, when done weekly can help prevent the formation of corns and calluses. Wearing the correct footwear is also important when it comes to keeping the feet healthy.