CORNS AND CALLUSES
We take our feet for granted, but they’re actually astonishingly complex. Each foot contains 26 bones, 100 ligaments, and 33 muscles, which work together in perfect harmony every time you take a single step.
But for all their complexity, our feet really weren’t designed for the modern world. They spend their days and night tightly encased in tennis shoes, sandals, or shiny black pumps. The constant friction causes skin on the feet to get thick and rough. In areas where they’re constantly being rubbed the wrong way, the skin can form though bumps called corns and calluses. They’re really the same thing, although calluses are spread over a large area, while corns and quite a bit smaller.
Corns and calluses aren’t serious health threat, but they can make your feet feel tired and sore. They’re also easy to get rid of. Here’s what you need to do
Rub them away . Because corns and calluses are nothing more than thickened layers of skin, you can “erase” them by giving them a regular rubdown. After taking a bath or soaking your feet to soften the skin, gently rub the rough areas for a minute or two with a pumice stone or a foot file. Don’t try to get rid of the whole thing all at once. Just gently remove the upper layers of skin. If you do this every day for a few weeks, the corns and calluses will gradually disappear.
Wear them away with aspirin . Another way to remove hard calluses is to crush several aspirin, then add a little lemon juice and water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the rough spots, then cover your foot with a warm towel and wrap the whole thing in a plastic bag. After about ten minutes, remove the wrapping and gently rub the callus with the pumice stone. This treatment is very safe and effective. Don’t do it, however, if you’re allergic to aspirin.
Pad the problem areas . When corns and calluses are hurting, you can get fast relief by padding the sore spots with a little bit of moleskin padding, which is available in drugstores.
Save the stilettos for special occasions . You may love the look, but high heels won’t treat you well. Because of the design, high heels put a tremendous amount of pressure on the heels and the front of the feet. In fact, they’re one of the leading causes of corns and calluses. There’s nothing wrong with wearing high heels occasionally, but day-to-day you’re better off wearing flats with larger, rounded toes and comfortably padded soles.
Try a change of socks. If your socks don’t fit right they can rub against the skin with every step you take. Make sure your socks fit snugly and are thick enough to provide adequate cushioning. Once your socks begin to wear out, toss them out. Your feet will thank you for it.
Shop late in the day . Due to gravity, your feet naturally get larger as the day progresses. That’s why a pair of shoes can feel just right in the morning, but be painfully tight later on. Doctors recommend buying shoes in the afternoon, when your feet are at their maximum size. This way, you won’t buy shoes that are too small, which would make your feet susceptible to rubbing.