A soft corn is an area of worn-down skin that forms between the toes due to friction. This may occur when two toe bones rub against one another while walking. Soft corns do not usually require medical treatment unless they are causing you pain. If you have health problems, consult a doctor as soon as you see a corn develop. Otherwise, you can treat painful corns using home remedies, if your doctor approves.
Clean the Area
Soft corns can become easily infected, so keep the area as clean as possible. Wash in between your toes with antibacterial soap and dry them thoroughly. Dr. Kirk A. Koepsel recommends applying a thin layer of antibiotic cream to reduce infection. Individuals who have diabetes are more at risk for infection. If you have diabetes, consult a doctor as soon as you notice a soft corn. Do not use medicated corn pads or other corn medications on soft corns because they can irritate the skin and increase the chance of infection, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
To cushion your toes and prevent them from rubbing against one another, place a small piece of lamb's wool over the soft corn, recommends the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. You can purchase lamb's wool at drugstores in the foot-care aisle. Pull off a small piece of lamb's wool and roll it in between your fingers until it is about the same size and shape as your toe. Carefully insert the lamb's wool between your two toes to separate them and prevent unnecessary friction. Change the lamb's wool once a day to prevent infection. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons does not recommend using cotton to cushion the toe because it may stick to the soft corn.
Loose, Comfortable Shoes
Wearing loose, comfortable shoes will keep the toes from rubbing against each other. To keep the feet comfortable and dry, wear socks made of a polyester and cotton blend and that fit properly, says the Mayo Clinic. Wearing shoes that have room in the toes will prevent the toes from pressing against one another throughout the day, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
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