ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Get Rid of a Corn on Your Toes

Updated on September 7, 2016
Footsteps on the sand - Corns affect thousands of people all over the world.
Footsteps on the sand - Corns affect thousands of people all over the world. | Source

What Is a Corn?

Corns are a build-up of hard skin that form on a person's toe. In the very middle of this hard skin, there is a hard core which is the root. Even if you pare the build-up off your foot, the hard centre will form a new corn. They are also known as a callus. They form under great friction between sock, shoe, and foot. If not treated, they can get very painful with time.

Visit a Doctor

Yeah, you've heard it all before, visit a doctor. As silly as it may seem, your doctor will know exactly what kind of corn it is and how to get rid of it. Although many other treatments will be recommended for you to treat it yourself, visit a doctor if the problem persists. Doctors often give a strong antibiotic which will kill the corn immediately. If you have diabetes or circulatory problems, do not try to remove the corn yourself, go immediately to a doctor.

However, if you still don't want to visit a doctor try these powerful treatments instead.

Soak Your Feet

An effective remedy for getting rid of a corn on your foot is soaking your feet in warm water and then paring it down. This is a handy method for use on small, treatable corns. Here are the steps you need to take to do so.

  • Warm two to three litres of water using a kettle or pan. Make sure it is not boiling but still very hot. Then, pour the water into a bath or tub and gently lower your feet into the tub of hot water. Add a few drops of essential oil for a nice scent. Leave your feet there to soak for 10-15 minutes.
  • Once you have done this, get a skin file and begin paring at the corn. It should get smaller as you do so and hard flakes of skin should peel away.
  • To fully get rid of it, repeat again twice. Afterward, rub some foot softening balm onto your foot.

Over the Counter Medication

To start diminishing your corn, use over the counter medication. It is much stronger than the remedy above and will blast away the ailment for good. There are medications which come in liquid form and all you do is apply that liquid with a brush onto the corn. These medications contain salicylic acid which treats build-up. However, this acid may be a little strong and could burn your foot. That is very unlikely, but if you are allergic to salicylic acid in any way, do not use this medication. Other forms of salicylic acid include OTC pads which are like small plasters that you apply to the callus.

Alternatively, try corn blasters that use liquid nitrogen to freeze the callus, making it to fall off within a day or two. This treatment can be a little painful since the nitrogen is so cold but you only need to apply it for ten seconds and you are done. This is a very effective kind of treatment and is powerful.

If your corn has formed due to friction from your shoe, doing the treatments above are virtually worthless. Even if the callus will disappear, the friction from your shoe will cause it to grow back again. To prevent this, you may need to buy silicone foam wedges in your pharmacy which relieve pressure and friction between your toe and callus.

Your shoes could be the cause!
Your shoes could be the cause! | Source

Change Your Shoes

Your shoes can be the source of the problem and changing your shoes can stop the corn from returning back. If you wear high heels with a v-shaped top, avoid this as it can cause calluses to regrow. Wear wider shoes instead.

Preventative Measures

If you do not have any corns, you are very lucky and you should prevent getting one as they are very painful. Here are some simple procedures you should take everyday to prevent calluses from forming on your toe.

  • Change your socks daily and do not wear extra-tight socks as they might cause friction.
  • If your socks get sweaty during the day, change them to prevent infection.
  • Wash your feet particularly very well when showering or having a bath. Scrub in between every toe. Dry and apply a moisturising foot cream.
  • Wear wide shoes and avoid wearing tight shoes which may induce friction.
  • Use a skin file now and again to flake away any hard skin.

What do you think of having a corn on your toe?

See results


I hope you have taken some great treatments away with you as you try to heal that corn. Do note that I am not a medical professional and I do not take any responsibility for any actions you take towards healing your corn. It is always advised to go to a doctor, to prevent infection.

Please leave your feedback and comments below where I will be delighted to answer you!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • susi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan W 

      6 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Peg,

      Thanks for commenting, I agree corns are downright painful and can be a real nuisance. Oh, your poor Auntie! Getting her corn cut off, that must have been painful for her, with no anaesthetic either, all I can say is ouch! Hopefully, this treatments will help her, especially the soaking technique. Thanks for reading, Peg!

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Corns on the toe are downright painful and definitely cause a lot of discomfort when wearing shoes. I wish the doctor had given some type of antibiotic treatment to my dear Auntie who has a corn on her second toe on the top due to hammertoe. It is irritated by just about any kind of shoe and all the doctor did was try to cut it off with no anesthesia! Yipes. We did not return to this podiatrist who seemed immune to her pain at his hands. Unfortunately she is quite elderly and can't do the filing thing but soaking does seem to relieve some of the pain.

      Thank you for this informative article.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)