Small corns usually go away by themselves if you avoid the pressure causing them. If you have a corn that causes irritation or pain, there are several ways to relieve the pressure and treat the corn. When treated, corns usually take about two to four weeks to disappear. In all cases, taking care of your feet washing and drying them well and moisturizing them regularly helps.
Please note, that if you have insensitive skin due to poor circulation, diabetes or nerve damage, you should consult a doctor before treating your corns.
- Scraping – Trimming by scraping is generally only necessary for large painful corns. Scraping should be performed by a doctor or foot specialist. If you would like to trim your corn yourself you can file it.
- Filing – If you have a corn that is causing irritation, gently filing it down with a pumice stone might help to relieve pressure. It’s highly recommended to ensure the skin is moisturized/softened before filing. You should soak the corn in warm water for about 10 minutes before hand to soften the skin. Dip the pumice stone in the water and then gently remove the dead skin by circular or sideways motions. Pay attentions that you do not remove too much skin as this might cause bleeding and infection. Instead rather remove only small amounts and repeat the action regularly until the corn disappears.
- Non-prescription treatments – These treatments are usually based on cushioning the corn. Compeed® Corn Plasters, for example, contain hydrocolloid technology, which provides pain relief by cushioning, protects your corn from further rubbing and at the same time moisturizes the area around your corn, helping to remove it. Some of these over-the-counter treatments include salicylic acid, which helps to dissolve the keratin structure that makes up the dead skin. Salicylic acid treatment is available in different concentrations and comes as cream, pad, or plaster. Following the treatment, the dead skin will turn white and can be filed away. These treatments should only be used cautiously as the salicylic acid might irritate the surrounding healthy skin and should not be used on cracked corns. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, you should avoid these treatments, or consult your doctor before any treatment.