Warts are skin growths that are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), that is contagious, and could be transmitted directly or indirectly from person to person. The virus could be contracted from communal areas such as showers, pools and gyms. Having a strong immune system could help you avoid and fight off the virus, however the effects differ according to individuals.
Corns are hard and thick skin cells that result due to the skin’s response to constant pressures and friction. It is shaped like an upside down cone with the sharp end facing towards the skin. The constant digging of the sharp end of the cone when walking results in pain causing extreme discomfort.
They both are very painful if left untreated and sometimes it might be difficult to differentiate them.
So how to spot the differences?
Treatment options also differ with these conditions. Corns being more pressure related would require reducing the loads at the area after removing it. This could be done with changes in footwear and orthotic therapy. Warts however would require weekly treatments such as acid therapy, freezing and mostly working on improving your foot hygiene.
So, if you think you have a corn or a wart on your foot, don’t delay treatment. Come and see one of our experienced podiatrists and look into proper treatment options asap.