Natural Remedies for Foot Corns

| Modified on Jun 04, 2021

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by ST (Eugene, OR) on 06/03/2021
3 out of 5 stars

ACV soothes the corn, but I plan to try some of the other suggested remedies, especially the banana peel. However, I wish people would proof-read their comments so we could understand what they're trying to say. It also looks like people are calling anything from a blister to a bunion a "corn". Sorry to be critical but it's kind of important to get clear information.

Banana Peel
Posted by Jennifer (New York) on 08/10/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I want to add into the chorus for banana peel for corns, a remedy which I found here after going to a podiatrist who wanted to eventually recommend surgery to reshape my toes, which he said would prevent the corns in the first place - insane!

The banana peel worked in about two days on a soft corn in between my pinky and fourth toe. I also had success with peel on a rough patch of skin on my thigh that popped up overnight...raised pores and almost like sandpaper. for my part, even old saved banana peels, still work, including peels from bananas I had to freeze before they went bad because I didn't use them enough.

Pumice Stone, Change Footwear
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 11/17/2018
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter had a corn on the side of her big toe. At first we treated it like a plantar wart or wart as we had never dealt with a corn and thought it was a wart. But it was only getting larger and worse. Her toe was even swelling some and had redness. Wearing shoes was painful.

She used charcoal poultices overnight for the pain and inflammation for a couple of nights.

We finally decided it was a corn and not a wart. The first thing to do was change her footwear. She wears cheap flats or cowboy boots most of the time. Both were putting pressure on the toe, causing the corn in the first place. We found a pair of comfortable shoes with a large toe box. This brought some immediate relief as the corn was no longer being aggravated.

She started to use a pumice stone on the corn after each shower. We could see improvement daily. She used it gently.

Then it started to look like a scab. She stopped doing anything to it and the large scab came off on its own and now the toe looks normal again.

As a side note, I have learned a few things about feet with my broken baby toe.

Feet and toes need room to spread out! So much footwear restricts the movement of the foot!
I realized that I could wrap my toe and toes with some cohesive tape and as soon as I stood up, the tape was too tight so my toes couldn't do as they were supposed to. When they are squished, corns and even bone deformities can result over time.

I also found that even my little pinky toe is used to fine tune balance.

Tight shoes are not good for you!

Probably barefoot is best, but not practical for most people except at home. I will be making more of an effort to find shoes that do not bind my feet or my children's and allow our feet to do their job better.

~Mama to Many~

Banana and Lemon Peel, ACV Soaks
Posted by Relieved (Louisiana) on 05/13/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Corn Treatment: OTC did nothing. I alternated between the banana and lemon peels, changing daily. After a few days, I added a 30-minute foot soak with hot water and 3 tablespoons of acv. During the soak, I intermittently scrubbed the corn with a pumice stone. Within a week, the corn was gone. Thank you to everyone who recommended this remedy!

Banana Peel
Posted by Helen (New York, Ny) on 06/30/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I was skeptical at first using a banana peel for a soft corn that is almost two years old. I've been saving my banana peels after I make smoothies, haven't even been consistent and the pain (which stopped me from working out sometimes) left quickly. The corn has gotten smaller and softened, and I know with continued use (even without consistent use I haven't had a relapse or worsening of the corn). I know with continued use it will peel off easily, like harder corns have. Will never use those corn removal pads again - this is free and natural!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sarah (France) on 01/19/2017

I applied the apple cider vinegar yesterday, but today my foot is even more painful. Did you have the same experience?

Castor Oil
Posted by Roxy (Cape Town ) on 11/02/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the castor oil on a piece of cotton ball used it for two days now I promise it works was so amazed as I have bought many different expensive treatments over the years and I paid R20 for castor oil and it's a miracle in a bottle. I read a ladies review on earth clinic the best advice ever so now I can take out all my sandals and flip flops for summer.

Banana Peel
Posted by Robert (Vancouver, Bc, Canada) on 08/01/2016

1. What an excellent site. Thanks to you and all.

2. Idea > I have a callus "lawn mower" thingy. After trying soaks and Vaseline my soft corn was a bit soft. I very carefully ran my callus tool for a few seconds only and it helped reduce the pain a little. NOW I'm going to try the banana piece taped on which sounds so easy. Thanks to all for the great ideas. Soft corns ARE amazingly painful.

Lined Boots
Posted by Todayishine (America, New York) on 01/27/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Boots lined with faux fur got rid of my corns.

I broke my little toe about October last year. In November, I decided I would buy boots so I would not have worry about the cold air on my feet when my shoes flopped. Once I starting wearing the boots I had NO more foot pain.

The little toe that had been broken, and had been wrapped the most in the castor oil to help the broken toe heal, the corn that had been on that toe was completely gone first. About two week later the remainder of the corn on the other little toe came off. I gave my feet no extra oils or wrapping after I got the boots, because the boots were kind to my feet.

I should also say that, I did get these boots that were lined with fake fur a size bigger than my normal size. They were a no name bran. I have used castor oil and other things to remove my corns before, only to have the corn to shorty grow back. I believe the boots keeps the corns from reocurring, because they do not press on the toe. A day or two when I wanted to look cute I was able to wear fitting shoes with no kind of pain.

Castor Oil
Posted by Girlinms3 (Mchenry, Ms) on 10/09/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I had a corn on my foot for over 3 months. I literally tried everything!! Banana peels, vinegar, aspirin paste, stick on medicated pads, compound w and many more. The ONLY thing that got rid of this monster was castor oil.

Here's how I did it and I hope this helps other people because I really understand the pain you go through now and I feel so fortunate that I found mention of this on a website somewhere and gave it a try.

I took a cotton ball tore in less then half apart, made a circle out of it with the center open so the corn could come through the hole.

Pour a small about of castor oil on the cotton, but first place the cotton circle on tape that will stick to the bottom of your foot. I used medical tape that's like cloth from the drugstore. Tape it to the bottom of your foot and wear all day and one on all night. Normally in the morning I would take it off, file the corn with an emery board (black one from Sally's) and put the castor oil patch right back on.

With in 3 days, it was almost gone. I was so happy! Here's a picture of the castor oil I bought and how my cotton donut shaped patch looks. Good luck!!

Posted by Iowama (Usa) on 02/28/2015

I got myself into a similar situation last summer because of my habit of wearing ballet flats without socks. As Joy states, a change in your habits will put an end to your corns. My approach was to rub the area forcefully with a damp bath rag after each bath or shower. In your case, I would put the rag over a fingertip and try to get it up under the nail as much as possible. Then dry your foot and apply coconut oil that you rub in well. Wear socks around the house until things start to look better. If you can fit a fresh bandage over those areas before your work-outs, your corns will heal more quickly. For a while, it will seem as if you aren't accomplishing anything. You are. Don't stop.

Posted by Joy (Thailand) on 02/27/2015

Hi Stephanie, I recommend you use castor oil mixed with a little coconut oil on your feet. I can't promise it will stop you getting corns but will definitely soften the skin and if you do this nightly especially around the areas where the corns form and next day scuff off the dead dry skin, hopefully this will help you. Castor oil is just wonderful for skin probs but needs thinning a bit with coconut oil as its so thick. Good luck.

Banana Peel
Posted by Anon (Usa) on 02/27/2015

You might also consider soaking your foot in Epsom Salts first and then applying Iodex. Wishing you well!

Posted by Stephanie (London) on 02/27/2015

Hi, I keep getting corns on both big toes underneath the side of the nail!! So hard to get to, I keep going to the foot clinic to get them cut out, and as soon as I go to the gym, they re-appear. I can't take no more, I've been going to the gym for years now, and it's started happening this last year, it costs me 32 each time I go, and now they want to remove part of the nail off both big toes?? yuk, do you think vaseline will work for me, I've tried different trainers, socks none of my footwear is tight, and is comfortable. I don't know where else to go now. My favourite gym class kills my feet, and I don't want to stop.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sandals (Virginia, US) on 02/27/2015

sandals actually cause MORE calluses

Banana Peel
Posted by Karen (California) on 02/25/2015

I have a corn on my left little toe, on top. Very painful that I can not wear enclosed shoes. I have been to the doctor. you won't believe this, my options are cut the toe open and file away calcium deposits or cut the toe off!! He never mentions the corn. This is from a doctor! The corn medications over the counter don't work. Heat irritates it so I put ice on it a few times a day. This helps some. I am an ice skater and need this to go away. I will try the banana and lemon.

Banana Peel
Posted by Mark (Missoula, Mt) on 02/23/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Read about using a banana skin on my foot for a corn. I thought it was weird but gave it a try as I had used the medicine in the store to no avail.

It worked great. It took about a week and a half of continually changing the banana and bandaid but it totally got rid of the corn!

Posted by Delfina (Uae) on 06/13/2014

please tell me how did you use garlic for gum disease. Thank you

Posted by Mia (Illinois, US) on 06/12/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Night before last I decided to try garlic on some painful corns on the bottom outside of my foot. I cut a thin slice of a raw clove and tore off pieces about the same size as the corns. I put a slice on each corn and secured in place with band-aids.

In the morning I changed the garlic and band-aids and already the corns were softening. I also noted an analgesic effect from the cloves. In the evening I changed them again and the core of the most long-standing corn came out easily when I tugged on it leaving a small crater. Now tonight all three corns are small craters and I am not sure how much longer I should use the garlic and will it help make granulation tissue? If anyone knows please advise.

Also using garlic with good results so far for gum disease. Thanks all and Earth Clinic.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Devdutt (Rajkot, India) on 01/10/2014

Hi I just want to know that how long will take to form a corn on the skin... As I had some sharp object in my shoe for 10 days, which I didn't knew, so will you please tell me how long will it take to form a corn? Thanks...

Banana Peel
Posted by Suziq (Gig Harbor, Wa) on 10/24/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Many, many years ago I had a soft corn between the little and next toe which took something like 6 months of drug treatment through my physician to clear up. Not wanting to go through that again, or even to take prescription medication, I decided to Google the problem and see what I could find. I found the Earth Clinic website and was delighted to see the list of maladies and the natural treatments different people have tried and their results. I was literally at my witt's end with this. My foot was so sore I have skipped the gym this past week, which is a big deal to me, as I go 6 days a week and walk about 4 miles. Going out has been excruciating for me. I just want to stay home and go barefoot. After reading the various posts, I decided to try the banana peel pulp between the toes. I would first soak my foot for about 10-15 minutes in as hot a water as my feet would stand. After drying completely, I would put a small amount of pulp scraped from the inside of the banana peel between the toes, bandage up good, then leave on all day. I would repeat the soak and reapply the banana pulp for over night. The crazy thing is that the first application, I noticed that the pain had almost gone away. Someone else mentioned using lime pulp for pain, but I didn't find that as effective. After 2 days of this, my bandage fell off as I was walking around the house on the third day, and most of the soft corn had already hardened and came out with the bandage. I was truly flabberghasted! There is a little residual tenderness, but the pain is gone. I think I am just going to continue the banana peel treatment at night periodically as I think possibly this may have been caused from gym shoes. Thank you thank you for this website and all the great information!

Infected Corn Remedies
Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, South Africa) on 09/24/2013

Hi Tamlovesran, Mix magsulfate & glycerine into a paste & put it on the wart with cottonwool & cover it. Firstly ensure that the magsulf( epsom salts) made very fine before you make the paste & add the glycerine very slowly to the magsulf so it is not too sloppy. This mixture will draw out the infection. Maybe the chemist will mix it for you.

Infected Corn Remedies
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 09/24/2013

Tamlovesran, try iodine.

Infected Corn Remedies
Posted by Tamlovesran (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/23/2013

I had a corn on my big toe that became infected and is getting worse. Any advice on how to best treat it?

Posted by Tired Of Meds. (Kennesaw, Ga) on 08/12/2013

Please, what is the name of the 1 oz. tube? I have a friend who burnt a hole in her toe using the acid. ( She has insurance).

Duct Tape
Posted by Ellen (Tampa, Fl) on 07/25/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Simplest solution I've found is a small piece of duct tape --leave in place for 3 to 4 days. When it's removed, the "corn" will cone off as well.

Banana Peel
Posted by Brian (Bonne Terre, Mo) on 06/13/2012

I don't know how long it will take for this to work, but I did the lemon peel about 5 minutes ago and it feels like instant relief. At this point I am ready to amputate my left pinky toe so it stops rubbing the other one. If this doesn't work, I still may do that. Let's hope this works.

Banana Peel
Posted by Susan (Ottawa, On) on 05/01/2012

If your corn looked like cauliflour with black bits, then I would suggest you had a Plantars Wart not a corn. Glad it worked out for you in any case.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Stevie (Sydney, Australia) on 12/12/2011

Did you mean gauze or gauge?

Posted by Kelly (Cinti, Oh) on 12/04/2011

***warning*** about using otc's with acid (brand name or not) if you are diabetic. Because of poor circulation the acid can eat hole in your toe. My mom's podiatrist chewed me out for letting her use it (I didn't know she had until it was too late). It took almost a year to get her toe healed, and a medication that cost a whopping $500 dollars/1oz. tube, no that's not a typo--$500 dollars for a little 1 oz. Tube. Thank God she had insurance. This was way before I knew about earthclinic or I would have tried some of the remedies here first. I hope this spares someone alot of excruciating pain ( she told the doc she'd rather a root canal instead of him scraping her toe) and alot of money.

Posted by Yaya (Atlanta, Georgia) on 07/29/2011

Do you do this everyday?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Aspirin, White Potato
Posted by Kami (Brooklyn, Ny) on 07/12/2011

Hi Ashley,

After the ACV/aspirin technique to remove the corn, I would make a paste of the aloe vera and white potato mix then add a small bit of vaseline. I would apply this to my red area left from the corn and cover with a bandaid. I would do this nightly until the redness disappears.

If your corns are reappearing, you may need to investigate the cause: tight shoes, toes misaligned ... Try foot massages and exercises which stretches your feet like grabbing a towel or objects off the floor with your toes. Toe stretchers are nice too but can be costly. Cover your toes with bandaids or wear socks with shoes if they rub your skin. If you believe your shoes need to be "broken-in" invest in a wooden shoe stretcher or spray them with rubbing alcohol and then stuff them with newspaper.

General skin care is must: drink water, moisturize and take vitamins for hair/skin/nails...

Hope this helps.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Aspirin, White Potato
Posted by Ashley (Queens, Ny) on 07/06/2011

i have a question. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar before and it indeed removed the dead skin. But my skin was really red and raw underneath and the callous on top of my toes eventually formed again, even worse this time. Did your aloe vera treatment work to restore the skin after using the ACV? what was the exact regimen?

Banana Peel
Posted by Nicole (Byron, Georgia Usa) on 11/12/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter had a corn on her toe that had become extremely painful. She is a diabetic and I wanted to try something natural. I am so glad I found this site!! We alternated between a banana peel and lemon peel changing every night before bed. The corn completely fell off last night. This took about two weeks. AMAZING!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Aspirin, White Potato
Posted by Kami (Brooklyn, Ny) on 03/30/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Yea - ACV works. Got a little impatient with the vaseline technique as I need to get scandal ready for vacation. I applied a mixture of ACV, crushed aspirin and white potato juice to my corn then covered with a water proof bandage. I would repeat treatment and replace the bandage every morning (leave on all day) and then each evening (leave on over night). A few times I would give myself a pedicure to rub off the dead skin with a pumice stone. It's only been a few days and the corn is gone. I am now treating with a mixture aloe vera and white potato juice to restore the skin color as the treatment left me with red marks where the corn used to be.

Banana Peel
Posted by Rhonda (Cavendish, Vermont) on 01/24/2010

the lemon peel is taking the pain away, I don't know yet about if it will cure it. Time will tell, I have been changing it every day

Banana Peel
Posted by Rhonda (Cavendish, Vt) on 01/18/2010

I tried the banana peel for one day, I have also tried a lemon peel for a day. The banana peel took no pain away, turned brown, and shrunk. The lemon peel seemed to take the pain away, shrunk, but stayed in place better. I will continue with the lemon peel....

Banana Peel
Posted by Rhonda (Cavendish, Vermont) on 01/16/2010

I am trying this now, I will put a fresh banana peel on everyday...I will wear it a day for a week, I keep you posted!Plus, i will get some potassium from the nanners!

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