Happy Feet: What folk remedies do you use for corns on your feet?

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP


I have become all to familiar with how corns can disturb a person’s walking pattern.  If not treated properly one corn can destroy it!  Have you ever felt a constant pain in one spot as you did something as simply as stand or walk?  A corn can cause a person to try and not put pressure on that one spot thereby changing how they balance their own weight, stand and walk!

Besides helping those suffering from corns to re-learning how to improve their gait I have been researching on-line for home remedies to soften and reduce these culprits that can eventually lead to canes.  I  have come across this home remedy one more than once.  Have you tried it?

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Softening corns using Crushed Aspirins and Lemon Juice 

You will need:

  • 5 Aspirins crushed
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of Lemon Juice
  • Water
  • Plastic for a wrap
  • heated damp towel

Mix the crushed aspirin and lemon juice together first.  Add only enough water if needed remembering to make the ingredients a paste that is thick enough to apply to your corn and have it stick.

Use your fingers or butter knife to apply the paste to the corn and wrap your foot with plastic wrap or bag.  Take your warm damp towel and wrap your foot over the plastic. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Once you remove the foot wrappings remove the dried past and gentle scrub with a rough piece of lava or pumice stone.

Take time to notice how the corn feels to the touch now after your home treatment. Check in to observe how it has changed.  For example:  Is it any softer?  

Each time you put pressure on this area it is rubbing against something so the corn will be building a layer of tissue to protect this spot.  To get ahead of it you will want to repeat this treatment as many times as you can during the week.  Beside the poultice and more obvious concerns like tight shoes, you may wish to investigate your walking gait and how you balance your body weight.  The feedback I am getting from teaching Feldenkrais® to those suffering from poor balance and walking gait has been,  “It has never been explained like this by anyone!” this may be a learning method worth your while to investigate!

Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Movement Education

Recent Comment:  Thank you for the amazing session which helped me to better understand the pain and anxiety issues I’ve been dealing with. Very insightful experience. I felt way more relaxed Friday evening and I’m monitoring myself to help ensure I’m releasing tension and breathing properly. Am impressed by it and by your skills. D

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.



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