The Tripe . They appear as a protective response against repeated friction or pressure, usually due to inappropriate shoes. Corns can also appear on the hands due to the constant use of a tool. Despite this effort, the feet are usually the most neglected part of the body and we do not remember them until we have a problem such as corns and nails. Also the calluses of the feet are the most painful and annoying and those who have it, desperately seek to get rid of them.


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  • 1 Definition
  • 2 Difference between plantar nails and corns
  • 3 Folk remedies
  • 4 Recommendations
  • 5 Recommendations with footwear
  • 6 Sources


A definition must be made between “callus” and “callus.” Callus is a thickening of the horny layer of the skin, which forms in a sustained place with continuous friction. It does not produce pain.

Callus is a spread of the horny layer provided with a deep root or nail that penetrates the dermis of the skin can be very painful. These conditions are formed due to pressure and friction resulting from faulty support of the skin, orthopedic deformities or shoes that are too tight. Some people have a hereditary prediscision to callus formation.

Difference between plantar nails and corns

corns and calluses

Calluses should not be confused with nails. The latter are horny lumps of skin with a central core of hardened keratin that hurts if pressed inward. The nails appear, generally speaking, on the joints of the fingers and on the soles of the feet just behind the fingers.

Corns, relative to nails, are larger (approximately long). They have a thick part of dead skin and appear under the heel, next to the big toe and on a bunion.

Both can be treated in the same way and that is why we present some popular and home remedies that help to alleviate and even get rid of them altogether.


Folk remedies

  • Remedy for corns # 1: There are different popular remedies regarding corns, perhaps the most traditional is to gently scratch them with pumice, then rub them with a raw onion cut in half and finally place a few drops of arnica tincture on top.
  • Callus Remedy # 2:: This traditional remedy consists of placing a crushed garlic clove on the callus (or you can combine it with olive oil) which favors its softening and disappearance. At the end you should cover with cloth.
  • Remedy for corns # 3: Another way to combat corns is to make a paste by crushing 5 or 6 aspirins and mixing them with a tablespoon of water and lemon juice, which should be placed on the corns and wrapped in a hot towel for 10 minutes. The heat will make the paste penetrate and soften the corns. Finally, scratch them off with a pumice stone. In this way, they can come off more easily.
  • Callus Remedy # 4: Macerate several leek leaves in wine vinegar for approximately twenty-four hours, and apply them to the callus, which will then be gently removed with a non-cutting and disinfected instrument
  • Callus Remedy # 5: Apply, two or three times a day, an ointment based on calendula petals, which soon softens the tissue and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Callus Remedy # 6: Rub castor oil on calluses twice daily
  • Callus Remedy # 7: Soak your feet in an infusion of four tablespoons of chamomile in one liter of water, which soothes and softens hardened skin
  • Remedy for corns # 8: Soak your feet in warm water before going to sleep, and then break a capsule of vtamine E. Apply to the heels with corns and cracks, rubbing gently. You can add a layer of Vaseline and then put on cotton socks.
  • Callus Remedy # 9: Top with a bread crumb that will have been soaked in vinegar for two days. The plaster is held with a handkerchief for three nights. Do not forget to immerse the foot in a basin with warm water, before applying the vinegar, to soften the callus and so that it comes out easily.
  • Callus Remedy # 10: Cut a fresh fig and extract its pulp. Stick the pulp, before bed, to the callus with adhesive tape and keep it overnight. In the morning, remove the tape and soak the callus area with warm to hot water. After half an hour, try to remove the callus with a pumice stone.
  • Callus Remedy # 11: Wrap 40 g of previously washed spinach leaves and mash in a gauze bandage. Apply, as a poultice, on the affected area. Leave on for 20 minutes and then remove. Repeat this remedy for several days until you feel that the callus has softened.
  • Callus Remedy # 12: Crush a handful of simpreviva leaves and when a paste is obtained, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix and place the preparation on the calloused and dry area of ​​the skin. Let dry and gently pass a pumice stone.
  • Callus Remedy # 13: Extract the content of a vitamin E capsule, mix with a little ground garlic and soak a cotton ball. Place this in the callus that appears between the toes. Then put on cotton socks and leave them on overnight.
  • Callus Remedy # 14: Crush a handful of major evergreen leaves and apply the resulting paste, using a gauze, to the calluses on the feet. Leave on overnight.
  • Callus Remedy # 15: Soak feet in warm water for 10 minutes and remove. Then, with your feet still wet, pass a paste made with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a little water over the callus, give a light massage and, finally, pass a pumice stone
  • Callus Remedy # 16: Cut a 1-square-inch piece of pineapple peel and secure it over the callus with wide tape so that the inside of the peel meets the callus. Leave it on overnight and in the morning soak the foot in water. Repeat several times until the callus can be easily removed (usually before the fourth application)
  • Callus Remedy # 17: Apply a mixture of one teaspoon of vinegar with 1/8 cup of oil and rub this preparation vigorously on the callus. Finish with a massage and then rub the affected area with a pumice stone or a rough towel
  • Callus Remedy # 18: Rub daily with castor oil for two weeks. Then put a piece of lemon peel and a raw tomato on the hardness and cover with a bandage. This juice will soften the hardness overnight.


If you have calluses on your feet, the following is recommended:

Podiatrist Removing Calluses

Do not cut a callus There are a large number of utensils to cut calluses in pharmacies, but it is advisable not to use them, as this would expose you to infection and even bleeding.

Recommendations with footwear

  • Put pads on shoes Temporary relief from your calluses can be obtained by using pads made of a material that is higher than the callus, thus protecting it from contact with the shoe, or you can put cottons that prevent the callus from rubbing against the shoe.
  • Separate your toes If you have corns between your toes, keep them apart with cotton and put baby powders in addition to help absorb moisture.

Beware of shoes Shoes can sometimes contribute to the formation of calluses. For this reason, it is recommended:

  • Try on your shoes several times (and even walk with them in the store) before you buy it. There are people who ask for a certain number of shoes and buy it without measuring it, because they do not know that the size of the feet changes as one ages
  • Note that there is enough space (plus or minus one-half inch or 1½ centimeters) between the longest toe and the toe of the shoe (both left and right). In case one foot is much longer than the other, you should buy the shoe that allows your longest foot to be better and use padding on the smaller foot.
  • Buy shoes with very low heels if they are for daily use.
  • Choose a material that is soft and flexible and allows the foot to breathe.
  • Do not allow your shoe to be worn by another person.
  • I did not use the same shoe every day. It is advised to alternate them which is beneficial not only for your feet but also for your shoes.
  • Adopt a diet based on whole products. Eat raw foods and green salads daily and you should avoid fats, red meats, fried foods, sugar, chocolates and other oxalic acid forming foods.
  • Do not drink caffeine or alcohol.Instead, drink carrot, beet, and cucumber juice every three days to cleanse the kidneys and restore acid-base balance.
  • Applying moisturizer to the feet As the feet have few sebaceous glands, the skin can become very dry. Therefore, it is recommended that, after washing, they should be hydrated either with a body cream or with a lotion (if they contain ingredients such as peppermint oil much better) for feet. This action also contributes to preventing the formation of calluses and nails.
  • Avoid the use of medical dressings. It is not recommended to use medicinal patches, plasters or dressings that are sold without a prescription, since they usually have an acid that is not recognized between hard, soft calluses or normal skin, which can corrode the latter, which could cause burns and even ulcers.
  • Seek professional help to treat calluses if you are diabetic or if you have sensory perception problems. In the case of the diabetic, as they do not have good circulation, the wounds caused to the feet do not heal quickly and may not resist infections.


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