Children lead a very active lifestyle. Often, this active lifestyle will lead to corn formation on a child’s foot. If you have a child who is suffering from foot corns, know that they are a fairly common occurrence, albeit a painful one.
The main cause of foot corns is shoes that don’t fit properly or are too tight. Children are constantly growing; so their need to be properly fitted for new shoes more often is greater than that of adults.
Foot corns are calluses that form on the skin, usually under the toes or on the pad of the foot. They can be yellow or gray in colour and if left too long can become red and inflamed. Luckily there are many remedies that can help.
· Have your child go barefoot as often as possible; this allows their foot to rest and breathe without pressure or friction. If you live near a beach, have them walk in the sand, as it acts as a natural pumice to slough off dead skin cells.
· Over the counter creams: These are very effective and can be found at your local drugstore.
· Medicated pads: These are also effective and are available at any drugstore.
· Epsom salts: Soak their foot in Epsom salts and warm water for 10-15 minutes. Then take a pumice stone and gently rub the outer layer of skin.
· Tea Tree Oil: mix some tea tree oil with apple cider vinegar and rub directly on the corns several times a day.
· Chamomile tea: Soak their foot in brewed chamomile tea for 10-15 minutes and then wrap the foot with a sock overnight.
· Mix up a paste of 6 aspirin tablets, 1/2 a teaspoon of water and 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply directly to the corn and then wrap their foot with a warm sock or towel for 15 minutes. Take a pumice stone and gently rub the outer layer.
· Essential oils like tangerine and lemon work well when rubbed directly on foot corns. Apply with a cotton pad several times daily.
Of course the best cure is prevention. Be sure and get your child fitted with their proper shoe size often. Don’t buy them shoes that are too narrow and don’t allow proper toe movement. If you have tried the above tips and your child corns don’t disappear within a few weeks, it may be time to go to your family doctor. He or she will be able to write a prescription.