How to Get Rid of Corns On Feet Quickly and Naturally

Corns vs. Calluses: What's the Difference?

Calluses are usually found on the "ball" of the feet, while corns are usually found on toes.
Calluses are usually found on the "ball" of the feet, while corns are usually found on toes.

Corns are irritating and sometimes painful patches of hard, dead skin that form in response to pressure, stress or friction. They usually occur on thin or glabrous skin surfaces, especially on the dorsal surface of toes or fingers.

"Calluses" refer to a diffuse, flattened area of dead skin while a "corn" typically refers to a thick, upraised area that is circular or cone-shaped. Corns can also have an unsightly red and swollen appearance.

They are frequently found:

  • On the sole of the foot
  • On the "ball" of the foot
  • On the outside of the pinkie toe, where it rubs against the shoe
  • In between the toes, where they rub up against each other.

Home remedies are typically the best bet unless you happen to be experiencing severe soreness, which may warrant surgical intervention.

Corns have a characteristic cone shape and can be quite painful.
Corns have a characteristic cone shape and can be quite painful.

How do Corns Develop?

Corns are natural defense mechanisms to protect skin against friction and pressure. Factors that can contribute to their development include:

  • foot abnormalities, such as hammer toes
  • bony prominences on the foot
  • ill-fitting footwear (whether too tight or too loose)
  • high-heeled shoes (which put pressure on the front of the foot)
  • an irregular gait
  • ill-fitting socks
  • flat feet
  • walking on hard surfaces

People over the age of 65, diabetics, and those who are frequently engaged in farming and gardening work are also at a heightened risk.

How corns and calluses are formed.
How corns and calluses are formed.


Though calluses do not necessarily pose much of a problem beyond discomfort, corns can potentially lead to tissue damage of ulceration due to their funnel-like composition.

While there are some good do-it-yourself solutions, it's always best to try and prevent corns from forming in the first place. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Notice Points of Pressure and Friction. Corns and calluses come from friction and pressure. So if you notice a frequent rubbing sensation when you walk, try to identify what's causing it.
  • Trim Your Toenails. The pressure from overly long nails can push the toe joint up to rub against the top of your shoe, leading to a corn or callous. So, best to keep your toenails trimmed.
  • Petroleum Jelly. Moisturize areas of the feet which tend to have a lot of friction, particularly when you need to do any lots of walking.
  • Buy Shoes that Fit. Always purchase shoes that fit correctly and are comfortable to walk in. It can be a good idea to go shoe searching in the later part of the afternoon as the feet tend to swell slightly at that time.
  • Foot Pads. You can find pads at your local drugstore which, when applied to a sensitive area, can take the pressure off, giving it time to heal.
  • Wash and Dry your Feet Daily. You can also apply some talcum powder powdered ingredients to remove moisture.

A good soak can eliminate corns and calluses.
A good soak can eliminate corns and calluses.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

You'll find special medicated shields along with other remedies available in pharmacies which can help eliminate corns. However a number of these products contain salicylic acid solution which can cause skin discomfort.

Home Remedies

In addition to over the counter medications, you can try these proven and effective home remedies as well.

  • Pumice Stone. First, soak the foot to soften the tough skin. Then, using light pressure, rub a wet pumice stone back and forth across the corn. Pause every couple of minutes to wash away the dead skin, and repeat until it is smooth.
  • Baking Soda and Hot Water. Soaking the affected feet in a solution of baking soda and also hot water is effective in removing the particular tough, dead skin. Put three tablespoons of baking soda into a bucket of warm water and then soak your feet. Alternatively, you can massage the affected area with a baking soda paste made up of three parts soda to one part water.
  • Cornstarch. Sprinkle cornstarch in the affected areas to eliminate moisture. The toes need to be kept dry because moisture can potentially cause infection.
  • Vinegar. Before bed, soak a cotton ball with vinegar and attach it to the affected area, leaving it on overnight. The following day, use a pumice stone to rub the corn away.
  • Pineapple. The rind of a pineapple contains enzymes that can help soften corns, speeding up their removal. Attach a square of pineapple rind to the area and leave overnight. Repeat for 3-4 nights, and the corn should fall off on its own.
  • Moisturize. Apply moisturizer to the affected areas in order to keep the skin soft.
  • Separate the Toes. To relieve corns that develop between the toes, separate them using organic cotton or lamb's wool.

Keep in mind that the reliability of these home remedies cannot be guaranteed. Check with your doctor to develop an appropriate treatment plan for your foot problems.

Home Remedies

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Comments 9 comments

ankana 18 months ago

really very effective .helped a lot thank you very much!!!!

An. 18 months ago

I just want to say i had corns (4) on my toes and had them for 10 year. The other day they came off !!!! I am so happy !! I used duck tape !! Just keep it on for like 1 week and use. A pumice stone and it comes right off

rishi 14 months ago

I have 6 corns on my feet from last 4 years, as a hotelier by profession I have to wear shoes during duty hours and work nearly about 12 hours a day and get no time to take care of this corn. I am having unbearable pain if the corn surface get touch to hard objects like stones etc. I have tried many medicines but its not getting cure and the corns surface were becoming harder. please help me out to get rid of this....

Rockyrustre 3 months ago

I have 8 corns on my feet because i'm a swimmmer and i wear flip flops too much. It hurts a LOT. I tried the pumic stone idea but it doesnt work that well. I had these corns for about a year. Today im going to the doctor so maybe i can ask if she has any medicines to get rid of them

Arif hussain 2 months ago

I am suffering from multiple corn on my foot heel its so painful ...Hw to get rid of this prob?

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adithgeorge 2 months ago from Ernakulam,Kerala Author

use petroleum jelly everday and soak your feet in water with little salt.salt can be good and can give you a relief

Srinivas 6 weeks ago

I had a corn on my foot from last 1 month. Tried some tips like turmeric rice, hot brinzal but it did not work. People telling that to cut and take it out is the correct option . But I am afraid that to take it out with scissors on the skin. Please help me what to do.

Kat 6 weeks ago

I have had this hard circle on the bottom of my foot. I clean it & scrape the skin off & there is a hole left. It is painful to walk. Please help.

rita 2 days ago

I remove my corn under to right foot about once a week with a blade. Hard skin is then removed, but it comes back every time. What can I do to remove it permanently, cause I find it hard to walk around. Please help

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