Plantar warts and corns

Unfortunately, the feet have a tendency to be afflicted by a multitude of issues. Corns and plantar warts are two difficult conditions which can surface from time to time. They also resemble each other in appearance.

Plantar warts
Warts on the feet is a cosmetic complaint induced by a variant of the HPV-virus that causes warts. They are also called verrucas. Plantar warts resemble areas of thickened skin and are often flat. The warts often have a cauliflower-like shape. In the middle of the wart, you can see small black dots. Corns and callouses can look like warts, but they do not have black dots in the middle. Plantar warts can be contagious upon contact with the virus, but the risk varies a good deal between individuals. Generally speaking, the risk of spreading the virus is low.

One may contract plantar warts on the toes as well as on the soles of the feet. They can disappear of their own accord, however it may take a long time, sometimes up to several years. Treatment is recommended and there are non-prescription and prescription drugs that provide effective results.

Corns
A corn can in simple terms be described as a thickening of the cornified layer (stratum corneum) in the epidermis. The usual cause is an application of long-term exterior pressure. This pressure results in restricted blood flow. When it ceases, the blood flow in the area increases and a growth of cells appear as a corn. The corns often appear as raised growths with hardened skin, which can be somewhat discoloured. Their appearance can resemble plantar warts, but they have no black dots.

Corns often form due to the use of too tight shoes or if one’s feet are subjected to pressure for some other reason. It is not especially difficult to treat corns. Good foot care with creams and foot-baths, along with filing down hard spots and calluses are simple but effective measures. You should refrain from using tight shoes which create pressure against the foot. As a compliment, one can also use a dressing which loosens up the hardness. If the issue does not disappear after a period of self-care, a clinic should be contacted.