Kadara (Corn): Introduction & Management

Abstract :

Aacharya Sushruta has described Kadar as Kshudra Roga in Sushruta Samhita Nidan Sthana addhyaya-13 and in Chikitsa Sthana addhyaya-20 which can be related to Corn as per modern science.

Kadara (Corn) Corn is the hard thinking and Hyperkeratosis of horny layers of the skin it cause due to constant pressure and repeated minor trauma. Corn is raised painless epidermal thickened patch, which are commonly seen in hands and feet. Corn is a miniature callosity, which is pushed down in the dermis of the skin and initially it is painless. These are found on the soles, tips of toes and dorsal surface of the inter-phalangeal joints occurring due to defective foot wears, thrown prick.

This article focuses on such study of Kadar (Corn) in detail.

Introduction :

Corn is the hard thinking / Hyperkeratosis of horny layers of the skin it cause due to constant pressure and repeated minor trauma. Corn is a miniature callosity initially it is painless and felt as a palpable nodule. Corns mostly found on the soles, tips of toes and dorsal surface of the inter phalangeal joints, occurring due to defective foot wares, Thorn pricks.

Types of Corn :

  1. Hard Corn:- It is a compact patch of hard skin with a dense core located on the top of a toe or the outside the little toe.
  2. Soft Corn :- It is whitish rubbery tender area of skin, has a thin ,smooth center and is found between toes.
  3. Seed Corn :- These are clusters of tiny corns usually occurs on the bottom of the feet, may cause due to blocked sweat ducts.

Causes of Corns :

  1. Improper walking motion.
  2. Ill-fitting shoes.
  3. High-heeled shoes – They put pressure on the toes and make women four times as likely as men to have foot problems.
  4. Foot deformities and wearing shoes or sandals without socks, Which leads to friction on the feet.

Later on, Corns may be harmful by causing abscess. Bacteria enters Corns through breaks in the skin and cause the infected skin to discharge fluid or pus.

Who is at risk?

-People of all ages may develop Corns except non-weight bearing infants.
-Patients with certain medical conditions such as diabetes or connective tissue disease, have an associated risk of complications associated with Corns.
Self care Guidelines :

  1. Were proper footwear that protect your feet and also allow equal distribution of your weight.
  2. Maintain a good posture that doesn’t put undue pressure on one side of your foot.
  3. Take care of your feet regularly by cleaning, scrubbing and massaging.
  4. Weight should be mentained. Overweight will over pressurize your feet.


For Soft Corns:

  1. Soak feet in salted worm water for ten minutes. Then scrub the corn area with pumice stone/scrubber by which dead skin will be removed. There after apply coconut oil or mustered oil.
  2. Salicyclic acid plasters or Keratolytic agents used to soften the thickened skin.
  3. Massage with medicated oils such as Jatyadi Tail, Kasisadi Tail, Shatdhauta Ghruta.

For Hard Corns:

  1. Kshara karma:  By using Yavakshara and Gomutra.
  2. Corn may be removed surgically. Turmeric and aloevera paste is used to promote healing and as a natural antiseptic cover.

Home remedies for Corns:

  1. Take two tsf liquorise powder. Add two tsf mustard oil mix well apply on Corns before sleeping. Let it stay overnight.
  2. Crush papaya to make paste apply this paste on the corn wrap it with a cloth leave it overnight do this for a month.
  3. For soft Corn, Tie a piece of orange peel or lemon peel after soaking and scrubbing of thickened skin.


More by :  Dr. Manoj Gedam

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02-Mar-2016 07:17 AM

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