A corn is a tough thickening of the outermost layer of the skin that is frequently subjected to friction, like the skins of our soles or palms. The area could have single or multiple corns. Anyone whose skin is repeatedly exposed to friction and pressure is vulnerable to corns.
Ill-fitting or very high-heeled shoes, certain deformities like the presence of a second toe longer than the first, use of hard footwear, dancing barefoot or frequent twanging of stringed instruments like the sitar and guitar can cause corns. Professionals whose work involves long hours of writing, weight lifting, carpentry or jewellery making are susceptible to developing corns on their ingers and palms.
Patients of medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and obesity leading to poor blood circulation in the feet, are at greater risk of complications arising from corns such as bleeding and infection.
The conventional method of treating corns involves surgical removal. But this is not a permanent solution, as corns recur frequently. Nor does it prevent more corns from forming in the same or other areas. Pedicures and home remedies like cutting or trimming corns with a sharp instrument, aggravates the condition and can result in unnecessary injury.
Homeopathy, on the other hand, offers a safe and long-term remedy. Not only does it sidestep a painful and expensive procedure, but it assures a permanent cure. Corns do not recur once treated successfully with homeopathy. Painless and effective homeopathic treatment involves only natural medicines taken orally in the form of pills, making it easy to administer. There are no side-effects either.
Apart from homeopathic treatment, certain simple precautions should be taken for existing corns and to prevent them from developing.
Use soft padded footwear or protect your soles by wearing cotton socks with shoes or sandals. Wear padded gloves when using handtools. To soften corns, soak the affected areas in warm, soapy water, Moisturise your hands and feet everyday to keep the skin soft. Choose comfortable footwear that allows plenty of room for your toes. Finally, use homeopathy to, once and for all, banish sore, aching, nasty corns.
The following medicines are helpful in treating corns:
Antimonium crudum 30, 5 pills twice daily: Useful for painful, inflamed corns.
Graphites 30, 5 pills twice daily: Helpful in hard corns oozing sticky discharge.