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Try home treatment for these other foot problems such as:

  • Foot cramps. Try the following home treatment to help relieve leg cramps:
    • Straighten your leg.
    • Hold your foot and pull it toward you. It is probably easiest to do this from a sitting position. You can loop a towel around the end of your foot and pull it toward you if you have trouble reaching your foot.
    • Gently rub or massage your foot.
  • Calluses camera.gif and corns camera.gif. Home treatment may help relieve discomfort from corns, calluses, or other thickened skin:
    • To thin a corn or callus, rub the thickened skin with a towel after a shower or bath.
    • Use a pumice stone after bathing to reduce the tissue. Do not do this if you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, or an immune system problem, or if you have been told that you have poor circulation in your feet.
    • Pad pressure areas with doughnut-shaped felt, moleskin patches, or lamb's wool.
    • Never cut corns or calluses. Infection may develop.
    • Some lotions and moisturizers may also relieve symptoms from corns and calluses.
  • Blisters. Home treatment for blisters depends on whether the blister is small or large and whether it has broken open. See a picture of blisters camera.gif.
  • Swollen ankles and feet. Try the following home treatment measures to reduce swelling in your ankles and feet:
    • Elevate swollen feet and ankles on a footstool or pillows (above the level of your heart) when sitting for any length of time.
    • Get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour if you sit for any length of time.
    • Cut down on your salt (sodium) intake or make a salt substitute. Sodium can be hidden in foods such as cheese, canned soups, and salad dressing. Talk to your doctor before trying a salt substitute.

If you are diagnosed with a foot problem, other home treatment steps may help.

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Last Updated: October 01, 2012
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