When shoes rub repeatedly on the same area of the toes, the area forms a thick, protective barrier to protect the skin from further damage and pain. These small, round barriers or calluses are known as corns when they appear on top of the toes. Called corns because of their frequently yellow coloring, they are both unsightly and painful. Fortunately, they can be treated and eliminated with a few simple steps.
Things You'll Need
- Properly fitting shoes
- Pumice stone
- Salicylic acid
- Toe pads
Stop wearing ill-fitting shoes that are too tight or narrow and rub against the tops or sides of the toes, exacerbating existing corns or creating new ones.
Soak the affected area in clean, warm water to soften the corn. Or rub salicylic acid directly onto the corn, which will also have a softening effect. Both water and the salicylic acid can be used if the corns are especially stubborn.
Use a pumice stone to gently rub away the excess dead skin that forms the corn, being careful not to remove healthy skin and cause further injury.
Apply protective toe pads made in a circular shape especially for corns or cut your own from Moleskin to speed healing and prevent shoes from directly rubbing the affected area, worsening the condition or possibly introducing infection.
Visit a doctor to have her cut away the corn if the condition persists after self-treatment.