A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Calluses and Corns
I had a question the other day about calluses and corns.
Calluses usually form on your hands or feet.
They usually don’t need treatment.
Corns have an inner core that can be soft or hard.
Soft corns are found between your toes.
Hard corns may form on the tops of your toes.
Corns caused by poorly fitting shoes will often go away with the right size shoe.
Calluses and corns are caused by repeated pressure or friction on an area of skin.
The pressure causes the skin to die and form a hard, protective surface.
A soft corn is formed in the same way, except when sweat is trapped where the corn develops, the hard core softens.
This generally occurs between your toes.
Calluses and corns aren’t caused by a virus and aren’t contagious.
Repeated handling of something that puts pressure on your hand, like tools (gardening hoe or hammer) or sports equipment (tennis racquet), typically causes calluses on your hands.
Calluses and corns on your feet are often caused by pressure from footwear.
Walking barefoot also causes calluses.
Calluses and corns often form on bunions, hammer, claw, or mallet toes, or on bumps caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
Calluses and corns on your feet may also be caused by repeated pressure due to sports (like a callus on the bottom of a runner’s foot), an odd way of walking (abnormal gait), or a bone structure, like flat feet or bone spurs.
You can tell you have a corn or callus by the way it looks.
A callus is hard, dry, and thick, and it may appear grayish or yellowish.
It may be less sensitive to touch than surrounding skin, and it may feel bumpy.
A hard corn is also firm and thick.
It may have a soft yellow ring with a gray center.
A soft corn looks like an open sore.
Calluses and corns often aren’t painful, but they can cause pain when you’re walking or wearing shoes.
And they may make it hard for your feet to fit in your shoes.
Any type of pressure applied to the callus or corn, like squeezing it, can also cause pain.
Calluses and corns don’t need treatment unless they cause pain.
If they do cause pain, you can ease the pain by:
>Wearing shoes that fit well and are roomy, with wide and deep toe boxes.
>>A wider toe box keeps your toes from pressing against each other, relieving pressure on soft corns.
>>A deeper toe box keeps your toes from pressing against the top of the shoe, relieving pressure on hard corns.
>Using protective padding while your foot heals, like:
>>Toe crest pads.
>>Toe caps and toe sleeves.
To deal with calluses and corns it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.