Feet are prone to suffering from a lot of problems that can leave them looking otherwise but we've got the perfect guide for you guys to keep them looking cute for summer (and beyond).
In addition to fungal nail infections, plantar warts, ingrown toenails, athlete's foot and gout people also suffer from bunions or corns.
What is a bunion?
Basically, it's that bump at the base of the big toe which causes the first toe to turn toward the others. This condition is usually very painful and sufferers are advised to avoid wearing high heels and opt for roomy shoes instead. Solutions to relieve pain include pads to cushion the bunion, custom shoe inserts, or surgery.
What are corns?
Friction or pressure (usually caused by shoes, especially heels) result in thick, hard, dead areas of skin. According to WebMD, moleskin pads can help relieve a corn.
Your doctor can trim calluses or correct them with surgery. You can also wear patches with medication that can remove calluses.
There are ways to improve the appearance of corns at home which involve softening the rough skin and gradually exfoliating the dead skin on top away. WikiHow advises going about the process carefully to avoid worsening the problem.
Reducing moisture around the feet by applying foot powder between your toes can help as the corns on your toes are less likely to become irritated or inflamed. Reapplying the foot powder throughout the day as needed is also advised.
A pumice stone (you know that stone that should be by the bathtub in EVERY household) is your best friend when it comes to corns.
WikiHow advises gently scrubbing the thickened skin with a pumice stone after soaking your feet in lukewarm, soapy water for about 20 minutes to soften the skin. It will not completely get rid of the corn but a lot of the dead skin (which is no longer serving a purpose) will be gone.
1. Castor Oil
This works to soften the area which then causes some relief from the discomfort in addition to making the area easier to work with. Apply the castor oil using a cotton ball by leaving the oil on your corns for 3 to 4 minutes before rinsing it off and exfoliating the area, repeating three times a day.
2. Epsom salts
Epsom salt or coarse salt, which can easily be purchased from your local supermarket or pharmacy, can help speed up the softening process when your pour the salts into a bath to soak your feet in.
How to make the mixture: Dissolve about 1/2 cup (125 ml) of Epsom salt in 8 Litres of warm water inside a large bucket. Soak your feet in this mixture for 20 to 30 minutes. You can then use a pumice stone to remove the remaining tough skin.
Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in many remedies for corns but it is also found in aspirin. You can therefore crush the aspirin, mix it with water to form a paste and apply it to the corn topically.
This dissolves some of the protein making up the corn and the layer of dead skin on top of it. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing your feet.
4. Soda Paste
Similarly, you can make a paste made from baking soda and mix it with lime juice, and water. This also helps with recovery from the corn.You can leave this particular mixture on overnight and cover it with a bandage and rinse the paste off in the morning. The corn should take about a week to dry off on its own.
Vinegar is an astringent, so applying it can cause more of the skin to dry up and die, giving you the opportunity to scrub it away with a pumice stone or emery board. It can be quite harsh so it is advisable to dilute it with a little water. The ideal ratio is 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
After applying this solution to the corns and cover them with adhesive bandages or pads and leave overnight. Exfoliate the area the next day.
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