Wet calluses on your feet can be a nuisance, from severe pain to severe inflammation. Few have experienced blisters on their toes or feet, especially if they had to wear new, tight shoes. But you can quickly get rid of corns at home without serious financial costs.
What are called wet calluses
The reason for the appearance of wet (watery, moist, soft) calluses is prolonged friction or squeezing of a certain area of the epidermis, especially if the skin was sweaty, damp. This usually happens when wearing tight, unworn shoes. This is a common problem for those who wear shoes with tapered toes or high heels, as a result of which the load on the foot is uneven.
The problem area first swells, turns red, then a blister with a clear serous fluid appears on it. If the pressure on the skin continues, the bubble may burst and cause severe pain. In addition, the wound can become infected. The situation is aggravated by the fact that a wet callus often appears far from home: it still needs to be reached before taking off your shoes.
An intact blister in itself is not dangerous to health, sooner or later it will degenerate into dry corn. However, even a wet callus that has not burst will restrict movement, and changing shoes for a more comfortable pair may not help. And if a blister has arisen in the area of a blood vessel, a bloody, wet callus will appear, and you cannot do without treatment.
Can wet corn be treated at home?
A blister filled with serous fluid (watery, damp, wet callus) or serous-bloody (blood callus) can be treated with simple home remedies. However, a distinction should be made between:
- wet corn;
- corns with flat feet or other deformity of the foot;
- papules with keratoderma.
Why corns appear, how to deal with them, an orthopedist will help to find out. He will prescribe orthopedic shoes and special liners, inserts. As for the papules that appear on the feet with keratoderma, then you need to contact a dermatologist.
With such a disease, the processes of keratinization in the skin do not proceed correctly, and only a doctor can find out the cause of the pathology and choose an individual treatment regimen. No plasters, lotions, baths at home can cope with the problem.
You should be wary if:
- papules appeared not only on the heels, phalanges of the fingers, but also on the palms;
- wounds do not heal;
- a papule, similar to a regular blister, adjacent to dry skin and cracks.
Wet corn can be treated at home. In more complex cases, specialist help is required.
Ambulance for young wet corn
It is good if the wet corn did not have time to turn into a large blister and even more so to burst. If the rubbed skin has just begun to turn red and cause discomfort, you need to urgently take off your shoes at home, wash your feet with soap and make a steam bath to soften the corn.
To do this, you can mix in hot water:
- a tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers;
- a couple of tablespoons of baking soda;
- a couple of tablespoons of refined vegetable oil.
After steaming your feet for 15 minutes, you should blot them with a clean towel, then disinfect the young corn with hydrogen peroxide and cover with a bactericidal or special corn plaster, or apply a sterile bandage.
You can speed up skin healing by lubricating the problem area with 2% salicylic ointment. Make sure that there are no contraindications to salicylic acid, such as:
- circulatory problems;
- hypersensitivity to the active substance.
If an unbroken blister remains on your leg, you can soak in warm salted water before going to bed and apply a new sterile bandage at night.
How to treat a blister on your leg
Experts do not advise cutting the blisters with serous fluid at home, but sometimes you cannot do without an independent ambulance. A blister can deliver real torment, it will be simply impossible to put on shoes and go outside. When treating corn at home, the main thing is not to infect an open wound.
Treatment of a blister on the leg at home must be carried out in six stages:
- washing feet with soap;
- softening bath;
- disinfection of the wound:
- bladder cover incision;
- disinfection of the wound;
- the imposition of a sterile dressing or plaster.
After a 15-minute hot chamomile foot bath, the blister and the surrounding area should be treated with hydrogen peroxide or furacilin solution. With disinfected nail scissors, make an incision in the skin of the blister, let the serous fluid drain out.
The lining of the bladder must not be removed as it protects against the penetration of microbes into the wound! The wound should be well treated with an antiseptic and a sterile bandage should be applied.
Special remedies for wet calluses
After disinfecting the wound formed at the site of the blister, the best option would be to apply a special plaster for moist corns. This pharmaceutical product will act as a "second skin", creating a protective shell and softening unpleasant sensations.
If calluses on your feet appear regularly, especially in the summer, when the skin is in direct contact with shoes, it is recommended to carry a callus patch with you. To prevent chafing, you should individually select special protective equipment, such as:
- heel patch;
- gel insoles and half insoles;
- interdigital separators made of silicone;
- silicone pads and rollers;
- heel inserts;
- anti-friction pencil, etc.
Inserts for shoes and other products that prevent wet calluses are available at a shoe store or drug store. However, it is preferable to contact an orthopedic salon, where a qualified specialist will help you choose a product, taking into account the anatomical features of the feet and a specific shoe model.
Prevention of wet calluses
- To prevent painful blisters from appearing on your feet, it is important not to skimp on shoes, because it is they who remain the main cause of scuffs. When choosing a new pair, you should pay attention to models made of soft leather or textiles, with a small heel, comfortable toe and heel, preferably without seams and rubbing decorative elements.
- A new pair, before spreading, should be worn on socks, tights, fledglings.
- New shoes, boots made of genuine leather can be pre-distributed by walking around the house in wet socks until they are completely dry. To speed up the process, you can use alcohol, cologne, even beer for impregnation, but you should remember: alcohol-containing liquids should not get on the front side of the dyed leather, so as not to spoil its appearance.
- You can purchase a special spray and pads to wear out your shoes. Heat the inner part of shoes, boots, boots with a hairdryer, spray with a spray and pull over the last. After the shoes have cooled, repeat all the manipulations, if necessary.
Water unopened corn without suppuration usually heals on its own within a week, maximum - ten days. Home express methods of treating blisters will get rid of the problem in 3-5 days. If the callus is not going to heal and after 10 days, the wound does not heal, cracks appear and the redness does not subside, you should consult a specialist.