Unsuitable shoes, repeated rubbing, wearing heels … So many habits that can lead to the formation of horns on the feet. How to overcome naturally this painful thickening of the skin? Naturopath Sophie Rodriguez delivers 9 grandmother’s recipes to get rid of it.
They are painful, annoying, and can be unsightly: the corns on the feet correspond to a thickening of the skin. They are composed of a rounded part, visible under the skin of the foot, and a cone-shaped tip, which sinks into the deep layers of the skin.
Corns on the feet are caused by the wearing of unsuitable shoes that distort the toes or repeated rubbing during walking. The wearing of high heels also promotes the formation of horns on the feet, as well as regular sports practice, because of the repetitive movements that this induces.
Corns to the feet: how to treat them naturally?
To relieve and remove these calluses, the realization of foot baths or the application of moisturizing creams can be useful. Specific ointments or medicines can also be prescribed by a doctor. In some cases, ablation can also be performed by a pedicure-chiropodist.
However, it is not always necessary to use these treatments to treat a horn on the foot. And for good reason: it is possible to bet on grandmother’s remedies. “It is very simple to get rid of corns on the feet and natural solutions work very well,” says Sophie Rodriguez, naturopath. At first, however, she advises to tackle the cause of this skin condition by focusing on “suitable and quality footwear in order to avoid friction”, she specifies.
Once your feet are sheltered in shoes appropriate to your problem of corns on the feet, place to natural solutions! The goal? Soften the calluses, act on the inflammation of the area, or even
Bet on bicarbonate against corns on your feet
The purpose of using bicarbonate is to tenderize the corns on the feet. “You can concoct an ointment by mixing 1/4 of bicarbonate for 3/4 of water before applying this mixture for 30 minutes to the area concerned, then rinsing”, advises Sophie Rodriguez.
Garlic, a grandmother’s remedy
What if the solution was in your kitchen? Known for scenting your dishes, garlic is a real ally against corns on the feet. And for good reason: “The substances it contains will erode the surface layer of the skin and therefore soften it. Garlic also has a strong antifungal and antibacterial action,” explains the naturopath. To enjoy the benefits of garlic, it is advisable to directly rub the horn with a sliced pod.
Corns on your feet: opt for white vinegar
Because it is acidic, white vinegar is effective against corns on the feet. It, therefore, allows them to soften and also acts as an antibacterial and antifungal. To use it, “mix one dose of white vinegar for three doses of water. Rub the solution directly on the horn. Cover the area with a strip and let it act all night. Repeat this operation every night”, advises Sophie Rodriguez.
Lemon against corns on the feet
Like white vinegar, lemon, which is also very acidic, acts against corns on the feet. It is enough to lay a lemon washer on the affected area. Then cover it with a strip before bedtime and repeat this operation every night.
Rub castor oil on your calluses
Castor oil can be used against these calluses because it “helps to soften and soften the corns on the feet”, explains the naturopath. She simply suggests rubbing a little of this oil on the area in question twice a day, morning and evening.
Leek, a natural solution against corns on the feet
It is a surprising but no less effective remedy: you can use leek to treat your corns on the feet. To do this, Sophie Rodriguez advises to macerate a leaf in lemon or vinegar and apply it every night on the calluses.
Corns on the feet: the benefits of ivy
Known for its anti-inflammatory effects, ivy can also be an ally against corns on the feet. The recipe? “Soak an ivy leaf in fresh lemon juice for three hours, apply and repeat this gesture until the horn falls,” says the naturopath.
Apply green clay to your calluses
The health virtues of clay no longer have to be demonstrated. “To de-ignite, there is nothing like a poultice of green clay, which will relieve instantly,” explains Sophie Rodriguez. She suggests covering the poultice with a bandage, to ensure its maintenance, and leaving the whole thing for half an hour to soothe the area. Even better: let him sit overnight, if possible. “To handle clay, be sure to use wooden utensils, especially not metal that may inhibit its precious properties”, recalls the naturopath.
Corns on the feet: which essential oils to use?
To cure the small ailments of everyday life, nothing like essential oils. Each has its peculiarities and some are effective against corns on the feet. What could be better than multiplying their benefits by achieving synergy? The naturopath proposes to mix three essential oils, in order to “get rid of excess skin in-depth and thus permanently eliminate corns and other calluses”:
- Turpentine essential oil: “Thanks to the monoterpenes it contains, it is detersive and stripper, which makes it particularly interesting to fight against excess skin”,explains Sophie Rodriguez.
- The essential oil of Rosemary in Camphor: the naturopath explains that it has analgesic properties, which allows to increase the blood flow by vasodilation resulting in a feeling of heat and anesthesia.
- The essential oil of Cedar of the Atlas: “The monoterpene ketones it contains make it possible to avoid infection, but also to inhibit the inflammatory reaction while promoting the repair of tissues. They also limit the proliferation of connective tissues involved in the development of corns,”says the naturopath.
In a vial, mix 40 drops of essential oil of Rosemary in Camphor, 60 drops of essential oil of Turpentine, and 40 drops of essential oil of Atlas Cedar. “Apply 1 to 2 drops of synergy on the horn. You can renew this application 2 times a day, morning and evening until there is a convincing improvement”, explains Sophie Rodriguez.
However, these essential oils are not recommended for pregnant and lactating women as well as children under 6 years of age. They are also contraindicated in case of hormone-dependent cancer, high blood pressure, asthma, or epileptic seizure, and to be prohibited in case of cortisone-dependent pathologies. It is always advisable to perform an allergic test by applying the mixture to the hollow of the elbow before using it.
Corns to the feet: in which cases should we consult?
If grandmother’s remedies can be effective against corns on the feet, it is advisable to consult a doctor or a pedicure-chiropodist in some cases recalls the Health Insurance on its website. This is particularly the case for patients with diabetes or arthritis of the lower limbs and people with skin disease affecting the feet. It is also advisable to call on a professional if the horns persist or are superinfected despite the care carried out at home.
Thanks to Sophie Rodriguez, naturopath in Lyon.