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‘Same Same but Different’- CORN VS WART

Physio&SoleClinic Calluses And Corns, Plantar Wart, Podiatry December 2 2015


This article was prompted by a sudden spike of patients we saw who were confused about these two conditions. We want to cut through the many confusing articles online which adds to the cloud of confusion. So here goes!

Same Same But Different Warts - The Sole Clinic

Same Same But Different Corn - The Sole ClinicCorn

Looks and feels like a lump/bump on the foot Corn Wart
1) More circular 1) Cluster of small bumps, irregularly shaped
2) Yellowish in colour
when it is dry
2) pale-colored, more white than yellow
3) No black dots, has smooth
skin lines
3) dry, crusty surface with small black dots, no skin lines
More than 1 on the foot 4) Appears one at a time
in the same region
4) Can be more than one in close proximity to each other
5) Does not spread,
no small ‘baby growths’ near it
5) Can spread to surrounding skin and grow smaller lumps around
PAIN! 6) More painful if you
press it
6) More painful when you squeeze it
Able to trim the hard skin to reduce some of the pain
but there is a ‘hard root’ that you can’t seem to dig out
7) No bleeding when you trim it 7) Bleeds profusely when you trim it
8) The root can be removed by a podiatrist but it will always grow back after a period of time if there is pressure to the area 8) Once the ‘root’ is removed, the wart will not return unless there is a recurrence
9) Treated via sharps
debridement regularly
9) Average of 4-8 weekly sessions of debridement, application of acid and cryotherapy- should you not treat it weekly-10 days to fully remove the ‘root’, the wart will grow back

Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The virus hides within, divides and replicate within human cells . The virus attacks the skin through direct contact, entering through possibly tiny cuts and abrasions in the outermost layer of skin.

Same Same But Different - Wart Photo - The Sole Clinic
Photo of a Wart

After infection, warts may not become visible for several weeks or months until it grows big enough to pinch on the underlying nerves to cause pain or discomfort. Treatment varies. At Physio & Sole Clinic, we engage in sharps debridement and the application of concentrated salicyclic acid and cryotherapy, which is the most effective evidence-based practice in treating warts.

Corns are specially-shaped callus of dead skin. Corns and calluses generally form when the skin tries to protect an underlying area from injury, pressure or rubbing.

Still unsure whether the lesion under your feet is a wart or a corn? We can verify it. Feel free to snap a photo of the affected area and send it to us by Whatsapp. Just click on the button below!

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