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How to Get Rid of Corns on the Bottoms of the Feet

by
author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
How to Get Rid of Corns on the Bottoms of the Feet
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A corn is a type of callus that can form anywhere on the foot. Typically, corns grow because of friction or pressure. People can get corns on any part of the foot that protrudes. Repetitive action causes skin to thicken and grow in hard layers. Possible causes of corns can be poorly fitted shoes, walking barefoot or not wearing socks. For the most part, a corn is harmless, but they can cause great discomfort on places like the bottom of the foot. Treating a corn takes time and requires you to remove the source of the friction.

Step 1

How to Get Rid of Corns on the Bottoms of the Feet
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Soak your foot in warm, soapy water. Use a mild cleanser if you have sensitive skin, otherwise any soap, even dish soap, is fine. Soak for five to 10 minutes.

Step 2

How to Get Rid of Corns on the Bottoms of the Feet
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Place a towel on the floor to catch flaking skin. Set your wet foot on top of the towel.

Step 3

How to Get Rid of Corns on the Bottoms of the Feet
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Rub over the bottom of the foot with a pumice stone, focusing on the callus. This will scrub off the hardened layers of skin. Do not use a pumice stone if you have an infection or are prone to them.

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Step 4

How to Get Rid of Corns on the Bottoms of the Feet
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Apply a lotion or cream to the affected area. This will soften the skin and keep the corn from cracking.

Step 5

How to Get Rid of Corns on the Bottoms of the Feet
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Use a pad to cover the area such as a self-adhesive gauze bandage. MayoClinic.com warns against applying corn removers or medicated pads since they contain chemicals that can irritate skin.

Step 6

How to Get Rid of Corns on the Bottoms of the Feet
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Remove the source of the pressure. For instance, if you wear shoes without socks, start wearing socks to reduce friction.

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