Poorly fitting shoes may look cute on your feet, but they can lead to corns: small, often painful bumps that form on the top and sides of your toes. Corns are similar to calluses. Both consist of thickened skin and result from friction or pressure. In most cases, you can try to remove corns at home. If you have a condition such as diabetes, you should contact your doctor for corn removal, since you are at an increased risk of infection, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Soak the affected foot in tub or basin full of warm water for about 15 minutes. Soaking will soften the corn. Gently dry your feet.
Rub the corn with the pumice stone to remove the excess thickened skin. You can also use a washcloth if you do not have a pumice stone, according to the Mayo Cliinc. Do not rub the corn if you have diabetes, as you risk infecting it.
Cover the corn with a medicated pad. These pads usually contain salicylic acid, which will eat away at the hard skin. Follow the directions on the pad exactly.
Remove the pad per the instructions and rub any remaining corn away with the pumice stone.
Apply foot moisturizer or body lotion to the affected area. Use the moisturizer regularly to the keep the area soft.