One of the most common foot problems are corns and calluses. This happens when the skin of the foot is subjected to pressure and friction. Walking and other similar activities, especially since a person is wearing footwear, will bring about the thickening of the skin as reaction to the pressure and friction.
A callus, also known as tyloma, is formed by the thickened skin. If left untreated or continually subjected to pressure and friction, it will form a mass of dead skin cells. These masses of dead skin cells will have a focal point, unlike calluses that are diffused. When it gets a focal point, it is categorized as a corn.
If corns are not removed, they can be infected and get an ulcer. Abscess and pus may occur in the infected corn. Corns are a primary health concern especially to diabetics who have to take extreme care of their feet as any form of infection is more difficult for them to cure.
Preventive Treatment of Corns
To prevent corns from being continually subjected to pressure and friction, you would have to eliminate at the source. It may be necessary to change your footwear or add pads to it. You may also have to make adjustments to activities such as walking or running that will give pressure to your feet.
Scraping It Off
There are a lot of corn and callus removers in the market today that entails the use of tools to scrape and cut off the offending dead skin. These tools have to be used with great care. There are many instances wherein the user has scraped off so much skin to the point of injury.
Regular use of pumice stones during bathing can aid in callus removal. To get the most of the sand-papering effect, make sure to soak your feet in water while using the pumice stone. Treat your feet with skin softeners at night or make it part of you daily moisture routine for your feet.
Aloe Vera for Corns
Aloe Vera contains vitamins C and E plus zinc that can heal and soften the skin. The anti-bacterial nature of Aloe Vera will help prevent infections. Opting to use Aloe Vera products like gels and creams can aid in preventing and removing corns.
The method of application of Aloe Vera is simple. You have to wash and soap the feet first. After drying the feet, apply a generous amount of the Aloe Vera topical product and massage in for twenty to thirty minute. Application of the Aloe Vera product should be done at twice or thrice a day.