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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.
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.
Corns, calluses and warts can be treated with several therapies, depending on your diagnosis and symptoms.
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.
To prevent corns and calluses, it is important to wear properly fitted shoes that provide adequate cushioning and support. Regularly moisturizing the feet, avoiding excessive friction or pressure and using protective padding can also help prevent their formation.
Over-the-counter treatments like corn pads, callus removers and salicylic acid-based products can be effective for mild cases of corns and calluses. However, it is recommended to consult a health care professional for plantar warts as they may require more specific treatments or professional intervention.
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