What is the quickest way to get rid of the hard corn on your toes?

There is no quick way to get rid of corns. Corns are the result of excessive friction and pressure on certain parts of the foot, in this case the toes, and in order to get rid of corns, you first need to address this part of the problem. First of all, look at your footwear and see if it needs to be changed or modified in any way. Some people's feet have an unusual bone structure, and you may need to use an orthotic shoe insert so that your shoes fit you properly, or special padding to prevent friction. On the other hand it may simply be that your shoes are either too tight or too loose. If your shoes are too tight, then there will obviously be excessive pressure on some parts of your feet. But if they are too loose, then too there may be a lot of friction, as your shoes will move around a lot as you walk. You should also try to notice whether your walking style puts excessive pressure on one foot, or on certain parts of your feet, and if this is the case, try to correct your walk. Unless you address these issues, no treatment will help you get rid of the corns.

To treat the corns, you can first soak your feet in warm water for ten or fifteen minutes, and then use a pumice stone to rub off the corn. Special corn files or callus files are also available for this purpose, and might be easier to use. A corn is essentially dead skin, so the pumice stone or the file will scrape off this dead skin. However, ensure that you do not rub the corn for too long, or you will end up scraping off the healthy skin under the corn too, which will be quite painful. After using the pumice stone or file, you can apply some moisturizing lotion or cream to keep the skin moist and soft.

Corn pads and creams are also available, and these use certain acids to destroy the corns. While these are effective, it is important to use them very carefully, or you may end up damaging the healthy skin that surrounds the corn too. If these measures do not get rid of your corns within a couple of weeks, you should visit your doctor. Also, if you suffer from diabetes, you should leave the entire treatment up to your doctor - do not try to treat the corn yourself.

answered by G M

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