Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are a thickening of the skin produced to protect itself from friction and pressure. At first, this is an effective barrier against insult, but the build-up itself becomes painful.
They can also compromise the underlying skin, which can develop an infection and sometimes a wound, especially in people with Diabetes and Peripheral Vascular Disease.
Natural Care for Corns and Calluses
- Epsom salt and warm water soak. After soaking for at least 20 minutes, use a pumice stone to remove the dead tissue. Never use anything sharp.
- Keeping the skin soft in that area can be helpful. Apply fractionated coconut oil or another natural emollient.
- Essential oils: Roman chamomile, cypress, and oregano. Please note always dilute oregano with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.
- Corn/callus pads and moleskin can act as a protective barrier to friction. Do NOT use pads with salicylic acid. They can cause a chemical burn to adjacent healthy tissue.
- If the corns are between the toes, use a toe separator, so the bony prominences don’t rub.
- Correct alignment with custom orthotics or over-the-counter arch supports to change areas that are getting too much pressure.
- Strengthening the foot will also change biomechanics and shift areas of pressure. Try toe raises, heel raises, yoga, and walking barefoot in safe places.
Avoid ill-fitting shoes and socks. A wide toe box and a shoe with extra depth are best. Avoid pads with salicylic acid.