These painful formations literally make it impossible for us to move. They occur as a result of rubbing against shoes or irritation when adjacent bones come into contact. Experts regard calluses as an attempt by the body to protect the surface of the leg from excessive pressure.
How does a corn or a build-up form?
In the place where friction occurs, a pile of dense keratinized dead cells forms. Over time, the callus grows. If a hard middle appears, this is already a build-up. Calluses are usually soft between the toes because they are constantly wetted by sweat. In this case, friction occurs between the bones of two adjacent fingers. The skin becomes rough and cracked. Painful cracks make the pain worse when walking.
How to deal with calluses and growths?
The main request is, please, do not pretend to be a surgeon. Do not think that you yourself will easily cut off the corn with any sharp tools. The consequence of incorrect actions can be the addition of an infection. Patients with diabetes mellitus should especially beware of this.
• If you use a callus patch or salicylate pads, the rule of thumb is to apply them precisely to the callus tissue, not to the surrounding skin. Make a round hole for the callus in the small pad and apply the ointment or patch without damaging the surrounding skin. It is recommended to use this treatment no more than twice a week. Some dermatologists generally recommend avoiding this method, as they subsequently see burns and ulcers on the skin.
• To relieve pain, you can use a saline foot bath. This will relieve the pressure of the build-up on the nearby nerve.
• Chamomile baths can be used to soften hardened corn tissue.
• Soak your feet in hot water, then rub with a pumice stone to remove the top layer of skin. Apply any foot cream. Do this every day after showering.
• Make a night "mask" for corn: grind 5 aspirin tablets, add a little water and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply this paste to the corn, wrap it in a plastic bag and warm towel. In the morning, treat this area with a pumice stone.
• Do not start the process of callus growth. The best impact is in the early stages.
• Do not wear tight shoes, they should be correct for your size in length, width and height. Stretch your shoes. Wear a medium heel. Use spacers between fingers or arch supports as needed.