The 5 Best Corn Removers –
You Can Use For Under $10
Getting rid of corns on your toes does not have to be challenging or a painful experience.
And choosing the best corn removers for your toes can be broken down leaving you to choose one of the these 5 podiatry recommend products,
That will not only remove the painful corn but restore the skin back to normal and prevent any further corns coming back.
The 5 Best Corn Removers that i use are (in no particular order)
- CREAM -Pickles Foot Ointment
- Salicylic Acid – based topical treatment
- Animal /Chiropody Wool – Old fashioned by effective lambs wool you wrap around the toes.
- Strong Gel Plasters – Compeed corn plasters
- Toe Support -Corn Toe Wraps /Toe Protector
The great thing about all these treatments are that they all cost under $10 and they all work a treat.
Learning how to stop corns in the first place is a good place to start.
It may be as simple as changing your shoes regularly, I like boots but often their pointed shape creates a corn on my little toe.
So to make sure i do not get a corn to often i wear a compeed plaster and i make sure i do not wear the boots to many days running.
Why do you get corns on your toes?
Corns appear on toes because of friction and pressure.
Usually its because your toes are being pushed into the toe box area like when you wear high heels or because of new tight fitting shoes that cause friction as you walk.
- Corns are treatable and do not return when caused by footwear.
You may also be more prone to corns on your toes if you suffer from a bunion, hammer toe, or clawed toes.
- Corns will return even when they are removed , but pain can be prevented and the growth of the corns slowed down by using a corn remover product.
I personally believe the best way to get rid of a corn on your toe when you get one is to either:
a) Use a Corn Wrap / Toe Protector.
b) Compeed Plaster.
Lets get into more detail about the best corn removers for under $10 you can use and get instant relief for your toes.
The only cream i know specifically for corns is Pickles.
This ointment contains salicylic acid (50%).
Im not a big fan of using acid on corns or warts but it is a effective and fast treatment that will get rid of corns.
Thick ointment easy to apply daily, usually cures corns in around 3-4 weeks.
The ointment builds up and then It peels the corn layers off after each application and is good for larger corns and callus under the foot.
Salicylic acid burns and if applied to normal healthy skin will burn and will cause damage to the skin.
Be very careful not to burn your skin.
Picks is a slow treatment 3-4 weeks.
I personally wouldn’t use Pickles on soft corns in between the toes because it will burn like hell ! Use a Compeed plaster instead.
Topical corn removal treatments include Cuplex .
Cuplex is gel application which also contain salicylic acid and lactic acid , it comes in a 5g tube.
It is applied once a day, and also good for hard corns, verruca and plantar warts.
It is water resistant so you can shower daily.
Duplex is a well known Chiropody product in the UK and is an excellent choice for small hard corns and callus on the foot.
Only One application a day is needed and no plaster is required as the gel forms a gel protective layer of the corn.
Salicylic acid is extremely abrasive so i would recommend you apply vaseline around the area of the corn before application,
this will protect the healthy skin from being burnt.
Its a little tricky and messy to apply from a fine pointed tube.
So you may need assistance to apply the product in the correct spot.
Old fashioned Chiropody Lambs wool or now adays known it is known as Animal wool.
Chiropody wool looks like cotton wool but it is abrasive.
Lams wools has been used for decades to protect the toes in shoes by dancers and athletes.
Lambs wool matts and can be moulded around the toes or pushed into the toe box area of shoes.
It prevents friction and pressure from high shoes and prevents corns returning and forming in the first place. I love chiropody wool and use it daily on my patients feet.
- Chiropody wool is not going to cause any additional pain like acid and cream treatments. It is a proven Chiropody treatment for corns and is very effective and prevents friction.
- It can be moulded around toes and matts in place and can be used multiple times. A very in-expensive corn removal product.
- Not ideal for corns on the little toe or bunionette joint but perfect choice for soft corns in between the toes and corns on hammer or clawed toes.
Gel Corn Plasters
I have used Compeed plasters for the past 7 years on my patients corns and also my own corn which i got because of a new pair of boots ,
and in desperation whilst out in London i purchased a pack of Compeed Corn Plasters which instantly solved the pain and pressure.
Compeed plasters are a strong gel Hydrocolloidal plasters, you can apply to any corn types soft and hard on any toes.
The great thing about Compeed corn plasters is that you leave them on for 3-5 days they are waterproof,
and when you remove the plaster it draws the core of the corn out with it.
They instantly stop pain from corns. The clear gel is discreet and once applied to the toe is invisible and very comfortable.
- I believe these are the best corn removers to buy.
- Instantly stops pain.Cons
- They are incredibly sticky and have protective wrapping on both sides of the plaster so they can be tricky removing the packaging.
- Crazy but be careful as you can easily waste a plaster. They come in packs of 6 usually.
Toe Supports/ Corn Wraps
Corn Wraps cushion, protect and stops pressure from footwear.
They are very easy to use you simply pull them onto the toe that need protecting.
Perfect choice for toes that need full time protection maybe hammer toes, arthritic toes, clawed toes.
- Washable and reusable cushion pads
- Very in-expensive
- Protects and cushions toes idea for runners or people that play a lot of sport.
- If you find it hard to bend and reach your toes they are not ideal
- Cannot be left on 24 hours a day as they will soften the skin too much.
My final opinion
For me when i suffered from a hard corn on my little toe from a pair of new boots, i can still remember the pain corns on toes cause!.
I needed a instant pain relief so i could keep walking and continue with my day out and the Compeed Plasters for me solved my problem instantly.
But if you suffer from corns because of the biomechanics of your feet from bunions, injuries, hammer toes, clawed toes then i would recommend you protect your toes on a daily basis.
This will prevent the corns causing you pain and prevent reoccurring corns to become large and infected and very very painful!.
So its well worth testing out a couple of products on my best corn removers list and find a product that suits your toes.
And for under $10 they defiantly do not break the bank.
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Zara Butti MAFHP MCFHP
Foot Pain Relief Expert