Corns are rough patches of thickened skin that often appear on the heels as well as the tops and sides of the toes. Usually, corns are not a major cause for concern. However, they can become quite sore after a long day on your feet. If your corns are becoming sore by the end of the day, try these treatments to ease the discomfort.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil Rub

Eucalyptus oil is known for its soothing, cooling properties. It also helps fight off infections, which may be useful if your corns are rubbing on your shoes, leading to broken skin. To use eucalyptus oil on your calluses, start by mixing 2 – 3 drops of the essential oil with a mild carrier oil, such as almond or olive oil. (The full strength oil may cause some minor skin irritation, and diluting it prevents this.) Rub the mixture into your corn, using the tips of your fingers to massage the area in a circular motion. Then, put on a pair of socks to keep the oil in place. Repeat as often as needed.

Epsom Salts Soak

When dissolved in water, Epsom salts dissociate into magnesium and sulfate ions. These ions pass through the skin, where they help to relax muscles and alleviate soreness. They also have a topical effect on the skin, soothing pain and drawing excess moisture out of the tissues to reduce inflammation. This will help your corns reduce in size, so they don't rub so much the next day.

Prepare an Epsom salts soak by filling a small tub with water, and then tossing in a handful of the salts. Soak your feet for at least 20 minutes.  You can also try rubbing a few pinches of the salt directly onto your corns, using some water to add moisture. This may help exfoliate and soften the area to keep the corns from becoming worse.

Baking Soda and Lemon Coating

If you have a little time to sit with your feet up, try this remedy made with baking soda and lemon juice. The baking soda helps draw moisture out of the corn, reducing its size and alleviating soreness. The acidic lemon juice helps exfoliate dead skin to keep the corn from getting worse. Mix together 2 tablespoons of baking soda and enough lemon juice to make a thick paste. Spread this on the sore corns, and then sit with your feet up until it dries. Rinse it away; you should feel much better.

If your corns are still painful despite using the remedies above, make an appointment with a podiatrist, like Dr. Maurice Levy. He or she may be able to remove the corns, putting an end to your pain.