Speaking of infections, a major proportion of the population suffer from fungal infections of the toe or nails. If you're itching between your toes, if the skin down there is all crackly or discolored, if the nail is separating then you are probably in store for a fungal infection. Your mother may have told you some frightening fairy tales about all the things you can catch from sitting on a public toilet that aren't really true, but take just one step into a public bathroom without your shoes and you are letting yourself in for one of these bad boys. The condition for development of corn is medically recognized as callus. The occurrence of callus is a dermatological problem, and it can be effectively treated with the help of home remedies for corns. Moreover, in this problem a particular part of skin becomes thick, and seems like it is swollen. This problem occurs when a particular part of the skin faces repeated friction, continuous pressure, for example when person wears footwear which is smaller in size may develop callus in the feet. Also, the foot is found to be more prone to callus than other parts of the body. If you have a corn or callus on your foot and you are determined to treat it at home why not use a treatment which is natural and gentle. There are quite a few ideas to try from, some of which have merit and others which are best left well alone. In this article we review your choice of shoes, using urine and cow dung as alternatives to main stream medicine and using a good quality moisturizer. You should check any foot problem with your doctor or a foot care professional before you try these ideas at home. Cracked heels are a common occurrence that causes much discomfort for people. Cracked heels spring from a condition called xerosis. Xerosis is actually dryness of foot. Absence of moisture turns the foot excessively dry and rough and this leads to the development of cracks or fissures around the rim of the heel. The development of cracks is preceded by thickening of skin at the heel. The thick skin is known as calluses. It is a patch of thick, discolored skin, usually yellow or brown in color. Soon fissures or cracks become evident in the callus. Treatment for a callus is often a simple process. If you are healthy, removing the source of friction often does the trick. This may involve changing the shoes you wear, evaluating your gait if you are a runner, or avoiding going barefoot. Try a foot soak with warm water to start. Adding a few tablespoons of lemon juice can also help to soften the skin. Use a callus file or a pumice stone to gently wear away the top layer of dead skin. Being gentle is key! You can repeat the soak and rubbing until you have removed the layers of toughened skin. Corns on feet are a common yet uncomfortable condition of the skin resulting from too much pressure applied on the skin. Because of walking and wearing shoes, the feet are more prone to developing corns than any other part of the body. One solution that helps when treating the corns fast is a home-made recipe of tea tree oil and alcohol-free Goldenseal extract. The mixture is applied on the affected area every time it is necessary. The tincture prevents infection and helps the healing process. Warm water is another solution, that is simple and effective if the callused skin is not too bad.