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How do I treat corns?

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Mild corns don’t usually need treatment and will go away on their own. But there are things you can do to help them go away:

  • Wear thick socks to protect your skin.
  • Rub your callus with a pumice stone while you’re in the bath or shower.
  • Use corn pads to ease pressure.
  • Apply salicylic acid to help dissolve corns and calluses. Be sure to follow directions carefully so you don’t damage healthy skin. -Never use acid treatments on your feet if you have diabetes.
  • Wear prescription orthotics.

From: Tips for Healthy Feet WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts:  Tips for managing.”

American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management: “Smelly Feet and Food Odor.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “How to Practice Good Foot Hygiene.” 

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Plantar fasciitis.” 

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Corns and Calluses.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Foot Health.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Heel pain.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sweaty Feet.”

Bassett, D. , October 2010. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Medline Plus: “Foot Health.”

National Diabetes Education Program: “Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime.”

National Institutes of Health.

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New study shows high heels are biggest culprit of female foot pain."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New survey reveals majority of Americans suffer from foot pain."

University of Wyoming: “Step Conversions.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 02, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts:  Tips for managing.”

American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management: “Smelly Feet and Food Odor.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “How to Practice Good Foot Hygiene.” 

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Plantar fasciitis.” 

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Corns and Calluses.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Foot Health.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Heel pain.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sweaty Feet.”

Bassett, D. , October 2010. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Medline Plus: “Foot Health.”

National Diabetes Education Program: “Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime.”

National Institutes of Health.

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New study shows high heels are biggest culprit of female foot pain."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New survey reveals majority of Americans suffer from foot pain."

University of Wyoming: “Step Conversions.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 02, 2019

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