Small corns generally require little to no treatment and usually go away by themselves if you avoid the pressure causing them. If your corn 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 moisturising them regularly helps.
Please note, that if you have insensitive skin due to poor circulation, diabetes or nerve damage, you should consult a chiropodist before treatment.
- Scraping – Trimming by scraping is generally only necessary for the removal of large painful corns. Scraping should be performed by a foot specialist. If you would like to trim your corn yourself you can file it.
- Filing – If it 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 moisturised/softened before filing. You should soak the corn in warm water for about 10 minutes beforehand to soften the skin. Alternatively, you could file your corn after a warm bath.
- Dip the pumice stone in the water and then gently remove the dead skin by circular or sideways motions.
- Be careful not to remove too much skin as this might cause bleeding and infection. Instead, remove only small amounts and repeat the action regularly until the corn disappears.
- Non-prescription treatments and remedies – These treatments and remedies are usually based on cushioning the corn, rather than removing the corn. Compeedsup>® Corn Plasters, for example, contain hydrocolloid technology, which provides pain relief by cushioning, protects your corn from further rubbing and at the same time moisturises the area around your corn, helping to remove it.
- 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 a 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 or chiropodist before any treatment.
When treated, they usually take about two to four weeks to disappear.