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Corn are acquired area of thickened skin that appear over sites of repeated or prolonged trauma of the skin.The lesion arises due to prolonged repeated friction pressure over a time and are associated with poorly fitting footwear or any other anatomic deformities. Poorly fitting shoes are thought to be the most common cause. They usually cause a constant dull discomfort or a severe knife like pain on downward pressure.

They can be easily removed with debridement of the lesion with a curette.You may also remove yourself Β at home. For this you need to understand few point before you start treatment, which will be discussed here.

  • Get a 40% salicylic plaster and cut it in a way slightly larger then the corn lesion.
  • Apply the felt pad to fit around the lesion and leave it overnight or as long as 5-7 days if you have thick lesion.
  • After considerable amount of days remove the dressing and soak the foot in water.
  • Get a rough towel or pumice stone and remove the whitened, softer and macerated skin.
  • You can re-apply the plaster as often needed to keep the lesion flat.

If you have any underlying disease like diabetes, caution should be taken for any infection,ulceration or sepsis.Removal of corn only treats the problem but doesn’t treat the cause. So poorly fitting shoes or any anatomical deformation should also be corrected.

If you have any questions regarding corn ask us at DermaTalk SkinCare Forum


  1. maxd
    February 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks a lot for your post, but it should be mentioned that your points about taking care os a feet is good while you don’t have deformities. I had to go to doctor and have some small operation which was painful though. Here there is some info about foot deformities just in case someone will be interested. But I wish you good luck, without any harm πŸ™‚

  2. Bryan
    January 14, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Following these tips will enable you to successfully get rid of them and meet even your small attainable milestones. Lovely post!

  3. Maria
    September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    You can treat foot corn yourself, but you must be very carefull while doing all this at home. If you are a patient of diabetes, it will be better for you to go to a specialist or ask a doctor before you do this.

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