Corns refer to the thickening of the skin in a particular area such as the soles of the feet and over the toes. A corn is usually painful and relatively small.
Corns are pyramid shaped with the apex pointing inwards. When touched they appear to be tender. Most often corns are mistaken for infected and painful warts that occur on the soles of the feet.
The main cause of corns is a pressure exerted on the foot surfaces and the toes through incorrect footwear. The toes are malformed from the same cause. An enormous amount of foot trouble is caused by the modern craze of high heeled shoes as the high heal pushes the toes forward into the front of the shoes. Due to its narrowness the toes are crammed together mercilessly and exposed to all the inconvenience to which it is possible for them to be subjected.
Nature Cure for Corns: The treatment of corns should first commence by discarding the footwear that caused the corn. When the pressure is removed the corn will disappear in most of the cases.
Corns can also be removed by soaking the foot in hot soap suds which softens them and then check them down with a sharp scalpel and dissect out the corn carefully without causing bleeding. The resultant cavity should be filled with Vaseline adding a drop of lemon juice.
Another effective remedy for treating corns is to cut it off with a sharp razor or knife and apply the sap of papaya tree over it. It should then be covered with a cut lemon and bandaged. Due to this the corn will subside and if it reappears again the same method can be followed.
For soft corns that usually appear between the toes, the feet should be bathed daily. This should be followed by the application of bland powder and insertion of cotton wool between the toes.
Several home remedies have also been found effective in the treatment of corns. One such remedy is the use of liqourice (mulethi). A paste prepared by grinding the sticks of liqourice and mixing it with sesame or mustard oil should be rubbed into the particular area before going to bed. This softens the skin and decreases the size of the corns. This remedy is especially useful for corns in the early stage.
Raw papaya is also beneficial in the treatment of corns. Being an irritant papaya juice can be usefully applied over the corn. This juice can be applied at least two times daily.
Another useful remedy for corns is the use of lemon. The painful area should be tied with a fresh slice of lemon before returning to bed and it should be allowed to remain for two whole nights. Pineapple juice can also be applied externally over the corns with beneficial results.
Corns which are of long duration can be treated effectively by the milky juice of dry figs. This juice helps to soften the corns due to its mild necrotic action.
The skin of ripe bananas has also been found useful in treating corns. This skin should be applied to the corns at bedtime. It should then be removed in the morning after being kept covered for the whole night. This treatment may be carried on for four nights.
Raw potato pulp is also beneficial in the treatment of this condition. It should be placed on the corn and secured with a bandage and allowed to remain for two hours.
Oil extracted from the outer shell of cashewnut being acrid and rubefaciant is also effective in the treatment of corns. It should be externally applied over the affected area in curing this condition.
Epsom salt baths are also very useful in the treatment of corns. About 90gms of Epsom salt should be dissolved in a bowl full of water. The feet should be bathed in water from six to nine minutes twice daily in the morning and at night.
Thus we can say that natural remedies have been found to be very beneficial in the treatment of corns.