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Persistent Verruca or Corn?

A common issue brought to the attention of many podiatry specialists is a verruca that just won’t go. It can be tricky to determine the difference between verrucas and corns if you are not in the podiatry business, and the fact they grow in an awkward spot (on the feet, usually) makes it harder to investigate. This is why many people with what they assume is a persistent, stubborn verruca may actually have a corn.

What is a Corn?

A corn is a thick, yellowish small circle of dead skin. It will usually form on the sole of a foot or a toe. A soft corn will appear between toes and is lighter in colour (white) with a rubbery texture.

Corns are often caused by friction and pressure as the skin attempts to protect itself by forming a hardened barrier.

Corns are usually not a reason for concern. Often removing the cause by wearing better-fitting shoes, footpads or socks can help. Corns can also appear on the hands, particularly for people with manual jobs or those who play instruments. They may cause some discomfort but are unlikely to lead to bigger health issues unless you have relevant underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or poor blood flow.

What is a Verruca?

A verruca is a hard and painful wart on the foot that is caused by a viral infection called HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). They are contagious, particularly in places such as swimming pools. They may form singularly or in a cluster.

A verruca presents as a white mass with tiny black spots in the centre. They are usually on the sole of the feet and can be rather painful. Verruca needling is a podiatry treatment that punctures the verruca with a sterile needle and is a highly effective treatment method. There are over-the-counter products that can also help with verrucas.

If a verruca is treated correctly, there is no reason why it should stick around!

Corn or Verruca?

If you have trouble getting rid of a verruca with over-the-counter treatments, consult a podiatry specialist, such as Louisa Seymour Podiatry. It may turn out that you have a corn. Either way, you will receive the advice and treatment you need to ensure the issue is dealt with in the best way possible.

Call Louisa Seymour Podiatry to discuss your podiatry needs on 01277 266870.

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