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What is a Corns?

Chafing and pressure sometimes result in the formation of a thickened pad of skin, often on the weight-bearing region of the sole, which id referred to as callus. A corn appears when callus gets deeply concentrated at a pressure point, like the top of the toe or under a toe joint. Both cause pain when they put pressure on nerves in the skin located in the neighborhood and make them look red and inflamed. With a hard and waxy core, a corn is a rough, small mound of hard, dead skin that accumulates on the toes or between them.

Symptoms of Corns:
It has been observed that corns in general are regular in shape and can have any color among white, gray, and yellow. In most cases, corns take shape on the outside of the first or fifth toes because pressure generally occurs on those points. Those corns that form between the toes and are not as firm as their other variants are called soft corns. Their softness is caused by moistness between the toes.

Causes of Corns:
One of the most common causes of corns is the use of ill-fitting footwear or high heels, both of which cause excessive pressure or friction on the toes. As the function of the skin is to protect the body, corns grow when the body tries to shield the troubled region from additional pressure by building up a mound of dead skin cells and secreting a hard substance known as keratin. People having abnormal bone structure in their feet or suffering from certain types of arthritis, are also prone to developing corns. In most cases, people who do not use ill-fitting or high-heeled shoes are spared this painful problem.

Prevention and Treatment of Corns:

Natural and Ayurvedic:
Corns can be prevented by avoiding ill-fitting or high-heeled footwear. It is better to have a proper gait, because an improper gait may cause corns. Try to ensure that you shift your weight evenly while walking. And, protect your skin using easily available products like moleskin pads or tufts of lamb's wool.


In case your corns are severe or persistent, you must get them treated by a doctor. Only in rare cases are surgery needed to remove corns.

There are several types of acid preparations that can be used for reduction of corns and calluses. A familiar prescription item is a preparation that is a mixture of salicylic acid, lactic acids and collodion (Duofilm, Salactic Film and Viranol). You should be careful if you purchase the over-the-counter acids from drug stores. They are usually weaker than their prescription counterparts, such as trichloroacetic acid, 80 percent (Tri-Chlor).

Home Remedy:

  • Apply castor oil.
  • Wear band aid to cover the corn.
  • Apply mixture of licorice sticks with sesame oil or mustard oil onto the corns.
  • Apply lime over the affected area.
  • Use chalk paste to apply over affected regions.
  • Green fig juice is a home remedy for corns.
  • Apply licorice powder with mustard oil on to affected area.
  • Khailash hospital is best center for treating corns.
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