Homemade Remedy For Corns On Toes

Starting out as calluses, corns develop on the foot (especially toes) as result of friction or constant pressure, becoming a hard patch of thick, raised skin that causes discomfort and pain. While you can try homemade remedies to treat your corns, first consult your doctor or podiatrist. You should never self-treat any foot condition if you have diabetes, according to Dr. Neal Kramer, a Bethlehem, Pa.-based podiatrist, discussing corns in a Prevention.com article.


Apply one of various pastes to soften and eventually reduce the corn.

Grind a few pieces of licorice, which helps heal skin conditions much like hydrocortisone cream, and mix with mustard or sesame oil. With nightly applications (for about a month), the corn should decrease in size and eventually disappear.

Use chalk powder and water to prepare a paste, or crush five or six aspirin tablets (if you’re not allergic) into a powder and mix with lemon juice and water. Apply the paste to your foot’s hard-skin spots, put your foot in a plastic bag, and wrap a warm towel around the bag. After 10 minutes, unwrap your foot and scrub the hard, callused skin with a pumice stone.


Rub lemon slices on your corns, and let the juices seep in for a while. The corn will start to get soft; rub it with pumice stone until you have a smooth layer of skin. You also can place or tie lemon slices over your corns overnight. In the morning, remove them and wash the infected area with a disinfectant. Do this daily for a month.

Other juices that act as irritants and help heal corns include those from raw papaya or ripe pineapple. Apply 1/2 teaspoon to the corn three times daily. Raw papaya also works when applied directly to the corn for at least ten minutes.

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Dandelion juice and the milky juice from green figs will soften your corns when applied . Apply either juice three times daily to the affected area.

Other Homemade Remedies

Fill a basin with enough lukewarm water to cover your feet, adding a mix of salt and soap suds. The suds make it easier for you to remove corns as you massage your feet.

Mix honey and sugar, which helps exfoliate your skin, and rub the mix on your feet before or after bathing. When bathing, scrub the affected area with a pumice stone, which will remove some of the hardened skin.

Practitioners of folk medicine boiled ivy leaves to treat corns. Soak a few leaves in a bowl of vinegar, which acts as an antiseptic, and let sit overnight. In the morning, remove the leaves, dip a piece of bread in the vinegar, and put the bread onto the corn. Keep it there during the day, applying a fresh coat at night. Your corns should start peeling off after a few days.