If you are reading this then you probably have a corn, or need a corn remover for someone else. Either way, corn removers are fairly straightforward and are feely available online or at your local pharmacy. Most approaches are over-the-counter treatments and can be safely administered in the home. If there are infections or other complications apparent, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis where bone deformation and inflammation are issues, then suitable medical attention should be sought. Shaving down a corn with a cheese grater-like implement could severely aggravate an inflamed joint and worsen other conditions as a result.
So having established that a simple corn remover will do the trick, what are the choices? Well there are two main removal methods which can be used alone or in conjunction with each other.
Burn me up Scotty!
Chemical corn removal with Salicylic acid is an option offered by Dr. Scholl. This system requires the application of a special shaped adhesive pad that has a hole in the middle. The pad is applied to the corn and the hole situated directly over the corn so that it is visible when the pad is attached. A fairly weak and topically safe solution of Salicylic Acid is then applied to the corn and an adhesive dressing covers the whole thing. This is similar to the treatment of warts and veruccas. The area can become painful as the acid burns the corn down so the dressings have to be changed every day and loose skin material removed with this in mind. Bearing live tissue to Salycylic Acid is usually an only once-made mistake.
Use an Egg?
Physical corn removal is possible by the use of an abrasive cloth, pad or a Pedi-egg type device. This method is cheaper and more convenient to perform. A simple daily attention to the affected area can reward the patient with a shrinking corn and if continued, prevention of corn development. Care must be taken to not over-abrade the affected corn. A corn remover should have a gentle effect and non-painful result. If it hurts the user is either digging in too deep, or not scouring gently enough. Once the live skin cells are rubbed too much, pain will follow. The same applies when using both these methods together. Using a chemical softener to kill excessive skin might require an abrasive to remove the flaking skin. Over-use of the acid or excessive rubbing will make the area painful and more difficult to treat, so when using a corn remover, patience has to be applied.
No instant fix… but a fix is out there nevertheless!
Corns are hard to “instantly remove” so the best approach is day by day corn removal management, in conjunction with maintaining good foot health and appropriate footwear. For those with recurring problems, a corn remover whether chemical or mechanical should be used responsibly and the instructions followed carefully to avoid problems. Surgical instruments are best left to surgeons and are appropriate corn removers unless wielded by a surgeon – even then it would be their last resort!
So choose a corn remover that suits you and your needs, be careful, and you can rid yourself of those nasty unwelcome visitors to your feet.