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The body creates unique defenses against abrasion, and for those protective elements that cause pain or discomfort, there are natural home remedies for calluses and corns.

A callus is several layers of dead skin in an area where a shoe that does not fit properly continuously rubs or a spot on the hand that rubs against a rake regularly. The corn is what happens when the callus develops a hard core. Both of these can be treated with the following natural home remedies.

After you have had a bath and the skin is wet and softer, use the pumice stone to scrub away the callus or corn. Try this over a period of a few weeks, doing a little bit after each bath. Attempting to get rid of the callus in one effort will cause raw skin and even greater discomfort.

Soak and Treat with Softening Compound

Soaking your feet in water with Epsom Salt is a wise method of treating your calluses. You can also mix one-half teaspoon of lemon juice with one half-teaspoon of water and mix with five crushed aspirin. This paste should be applied to the area that is causing discomfort. Put plastic wrap over the area and then wrap a heated towel around the foot for 10 minutes. Then use the pumice stone to remove the dead skin. 

Castor Oil

This can be used to soften calluses and corns, allowing you better removal options. Use a non-medicated pad, with a few drops of castor oil, to cover the corn and hold in place with adhesive tape. This softens the area and reduces the pressure that causes discomfort.

Emery Board

An emery board can be used to file away the so-called soft corns that occur between toes, where the pumice stone will not fit. Use after the bath.

Shoes that Fit Well

As mentioned above, a common culprit when it comes to calluses is a shoe that does not fit properly. Therefore, when you buy shoes try to purchase a pair that fit well, with a distance between your longest toe and the end of your shoe that allows your thumb to fit there. Also, try to wear socks that provide a thick cushion between the bottom of your feet and your shoe.

Wearing shoes with too much room leads to the feet sliding around in the shoe and causing further calluses where your feet rub against the edges of the shoe.

If none of these options work, you can always opt to protect the area from contact with your shoe. Do this by creating a circle slightly larger than the area that is the issue out of moleskin (preferably adhesive moleskin). Fold it in half and cut a half-circle out of the center, creating a ring when it is unfolded. Then, apply over your callus. This, along with the aforementioned thick socks, can make a big difference in preventing the callus from getting worse and causing further pain and discomfort when you need to be on your feet.