There are several different ways you can treat corns, and which method you choose may depend on its severity. Whatever method you use, it will involve removing the cause of the pressure or friction on your foot and the removal of the thickened skin.
To treat a corn, Scholl provides an all in one product: the Corn Express Pen All you have to do is to apply the softening liquid daily, which breaks down the hard skin of the corn. Alongside this, you simply use the scraper to exfoliate the top layers of the corn once every three days – which reduces the thickness, quickly reliving both the pressure and the pain. You should be able to see visible results within just five days.
There is also the Scholl Complete , containing salicylic acid. This is a complete solution kit for the relief and removal of painful corns. Salicylic acid is a keratolytic, which means it breaks down corns. The soft cushioning pads offer pain relief, the Scholl Disc System protects the healthy skin surrounding your corns and Scholl Corn Cushions provide continued pressure relief and cushioning.
To use, remove the medicated disc from the backing paper and place it firmly over the centre of the corn. Cover the disc with the pad and fix it with straps. Repeat every day until the corn can be removed. It is important to note that this product should be avoided if you have a condition that causes problems with circulation (such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease), cracked or broken skin on or around the corn, or fragile skin.
If the corn is hard
If it’s more severe and the skin is very thick on and around the corn, medical assistance may need to be sought. A podiatrist may be able to cut away some of the thickened skin using a scalpel. This may help to reduce the pressure on the tissue underneath. It is very important not to try to cut the corn yourself, you may make it more painful and it could become infected. If a corn does become infected, it may ooze pus or clear liquid. If this happens, medical advice should be sought as soon as possible.
Another option if the corn is particularly hard is a plaster. Scholl’s use Hydra-Guard Technology to relieve the pressure on the corn. The outer shield protects the corn from friction and rubbing, while the soft gel island provides extra cushioning and provides water to the corn, making it easier to remove it. Before placing the plaster on the corn, make sure the skin is clean, dry and free of oils and creams. Repeat the treatment once a day until the corn is ready to be removed.
For more information on the type of corn you may have, the causes and how to prevent them, take a look at this article.