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Bedford (812) 277-1000
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Treatment Options for Corns

EquiLibrium Thai Massage & Yoga Therapy holds “Simply Yoga” classes that meet at First United in Bloomington each Tuesday, encouraging beginners to increase their range of motion and bodily awareness. This gentler form of activity is an excellent pursuit for elders and those who live with mild physical disabilities, but they might also make you more aware of bothersome corns on your feet. Well, it just so happens that treating corns is one of our specialties. Here are some home remedies and other options that can help you hit the yoga mat corn-free.

Corns and CallusesThere are several remedies to try when treating the thickened skin of a corn. A pumice stone will help remove the dead skin from the bump, reducing its presence and accelerating recovery. Soak your feet in very warm water for about 10 minutes to soften the skin, then gently rub the stone against the affected area for up to 5 minutes. Pat your feet dry and repeat for several days until the corn vanishes. Remember to be patient, however; the goal is not to grind the corn off in one sitting. That’s only going to cause pain and a potential infection.

Other ingredients can help further soften or exfoliate the affected skin. Dabbing some castor oil or diluted white vinegar (1 part to 3 parts water) onto the corn, or soaking in a baking soda solution (3 tablespoons in a basin of warm water) can be effective too.

If corns continue to bother you, give the office of Dr. Kevin Powers a call. We can pare down your corns and also help with treatments and orthotics to keep them from reappearing. It is important to mention, if you have diabetes, don’t attempt any treatments yourself as you may risk injury and infection. We’d be happy to handle things instead.

Find balance without foot pain. Call our office in Bloomington at (812) 333-4422 to schedule an appointment today.

 

How to Scrub with a Pumice Stone Correctly

A pumice stone looks kind of like a petrified sponge and not an immediate first choice of something you’d want to rub against your feet. Somewhere along the line of history, though, someone figured out that this porous, lightweight piece of hardened lava can leave your feet looking much softer and smoother than it does. Not only that, but the way it removes dead skin cells can also reduce the pressure and friction one experiences from a corn or callus. It can be a beneficial tool when used correctly, but it still takes a certain approach to use well, and should not be used by everyone.

First, it’s important to note that a pumice stone can damage the skin if not used correctly. If you have diabetes and/or poor circulation, the sensation in your feet may not be strong enough to detect this damage, which can lead to open sores and infection. Do not use a stone or similar treatments before first consulting with Dr. Kevin Powers.

If you’re cleared for pumice, here’s how to get the most out of the stone:

  • Soak your feet in a tub or basin of warm, soapy water for 5-10 minutes. This will soften the skin. If you’re feeling decadent, try adding a couple drops of scented oil to the water.
  • Wet the pumice stone in the same water and then gently rub the rough areas of your skin for 2-3 minutes. Use a light pressure and do not grind into the area.
  • Rinse your feet and pat them dry with a soft towel. Do not rub to dry.
  • Apply moisturizer to your feet.

You may not feel immediate results on a corn or callus after the first treatment, but be patient. Do not rub off too much skin in one sitting, or you will risk sores and injuries. Pumice is a patience game.

For more foot care tips, or to receive help for especially stubborn corns and calluses, contact the office of Kevin Powers, DPM. Schedule an appointment with our Bloomington, IN office by calling (812) 333-4422.

 

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