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What is the difference between Warts, Corns, and Callouses?

Our feet play a crucial role in our daily lives, enabling us to move, walk, and engage in various activities. However, certain foot conditions can cause discomfort and hinder our mobility. Among the common foot problems that individuals face are warts, corns, and calluses. These conditions may seem similar at first glance, but they are distinct in nature and require different treatment approaches. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between warts, corns, and calluses, and how podiatrists can provide effective solutions.

Understanding Warts:

Warts are small, raised bumps that often appear on the hands and feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be contagious. When warts develop on the feet, they are known as plantar warts. Unlike corns and calluses, warts may have tiny black dots within them, which are blood vessels. These growths can cause pain or discomfort, especially when walking or standing. If left untreated, warts can spread and multiply. Podiatrists employ various treatment methods to eliminate warts, such as cryotherapy, laser therapy, or the application of topical medications. They can also provide guidance on prevention strategies and address any concerns related to the transmission of warts.

Differentiating Corns:

Corns are thickened areas of skin that commonly occur on the tops, sides, or tips of the toes. They are often caused by repetitive friction or pressure on the skin, typically from ill-fitting shoes or deformities like hammertoes. Corns can be hard or soft, depending on their location and duration. Hard corns have a dense center surrounded by a thick ring of dead skin, while soft corns are thinner and appear as white, rubbery masses. Corns can be painful, especially when pressure is applied. Podiatrists can alleviate the discomfort caused by corns by carefully removing the thickened skin and providing recommendations on appropriate footwear. They can also address any underlying foot deformities or structural issues that contribute to the formation of corns.

Understanding Calluses:

Calluses are areas of thickened, hardened skin that usually develop on weight-bearing areas of the feet, such as the heels or balls. They are a natural response to repeated friction and pressure and act as a protective barrier for the skin underneath. Unlike corns, calluses are generally painless, although they may cause discomfort if they become too thick. Podiatrists can address problematic calluses by reducing their thickness through gentle debridement or the use of orthotic devices that redistribute pressure on the feet. They can also educate patients on proper foot care techniques and recommend moisturisers to keep the skin hydrated and prevent excessive callus formation.

At Oran Park Podiatry, the team of skilled podiatrists offers comprehensive foot care services, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various foot conditions. We can provide professional guidance on preventive measures, offer custom orthotic devices, and perform necessary procedures to alleviate pain and improve foot health.

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