Follow these tips and you can learn how to get rid of corns on your toes. If you have a corn on a toe, it was probably formed by your toes rubbing together. You can develop either soft or hard corns. Hard corns are formed by repeated pressure on an area of the toe. Corns are caused by repeated pressure or friction on the same area of the toe over time. This pressure causes the skin to essentially die. Then it forms a hard surface. There is also a soft type of corn, and it is formed in the same way, except that when perspiration gets trapped over the corn area, the skin and core of the corn softens. This condition generally happens on corns that have formed between the toes. Corns are not viral, nor are they contagious. Corns can be treated, especially if they cause pain. If they do not, they may be left alone. The most common ways to treat a corn are the following:
- Cut the corn. Your doctor may use a small knife to pare the corn. This will require numbing the area first. You should never attempt to cut the corn yourself.
- Reduce the size of the corn. This requires you to first soak the area in warm water. Then, using a pumice stone, gently rub the dead skin off. This will help reduce the size of the corn.
- Use salicylic acid. This helps to soften the skin so you can remove dead skin on and around the corn.
- Surgery. Surgery may be necessary to remove the corn or to change the underlying bone structure so that corns do not form as easily on your toes.
If you have a corn, seek the advice of your doctor before you attempt to treat it yourself. You can end up doing more harm than good, especially if you are attempting to cut the corn. This can lead to infection if not done properly.