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Corns, calluses and warts can look similar to the untrained eye, but their causes and treatments differ. Inspira’s podiatrists are here to treat these conditions, providing you with the best possible care.

What are Corns, Calluses and Warts?

A corn is a thickened, hardened area of skin that typically develops on the feet, often on the toes or soles. They are caused by repetitive friction or pressure on the skin, which forms a protective layer of dead skin cells. Complications from corns include discomfort, pain and difficulty walking or wearing shoes.

A callus is a thickened area of skin that forms from repeated friction or pressure on the foot. It usually appears on weight-bearing areas like the heels or balls of the feet and is caused by excessive rubbing or friction, often from ill-fitting shoes or repetitive activities. Complications include discomfort, pain and the possible development of cracks in the skin, which increase the risk of infection if left untreated.

A plantar wart is a small, grainy growth that develops on the soles of the feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) entering the skin through small cuts or abrasions. Plantar warts can cause discomfort or pain when walking or standing, and if left untreated, they may multiply, grow larger or spread to other parts of the foot.


How are Corns, Calluses and Planter Warts Diagnosed?

Corns and calluses are typically diagnosed through visual examination by a health care professional. They are identified by their characteristic appearance of thickened, hardened skin. In some cases, doctors may gently press or squeeze the area to assess tenderness or pain.

Plantar warts are diagnosed through a combination of visual examination and clinical evaluation. A health care professional will examine the wart's appearance, including a rough, grainy texture and small black dots. Sometimes, if uncertain, a doctor may scrape off a small tissue sample for a biopsy.

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Treatment Options for Corns, Calluses and Warts

Corns, calluses and warts can be treated with several therapies, depending on your diagnosis and symptoms.

Foot Callus Removal
Orthotic Shoe Insert
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Our Approach to Corns, Calluses and Warts

At Inspira, foot health is as important to us as any other condition. Our podiatrists are here to work with you to find the best solution or treatment to ease your symptoms and get you back to normal life. Help from Inspira is never far with offices and treatment centers conveniently located across South Jersey.

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