These are all very common foot conditions which can often be mistaken for each other.
Corns are hard and thickened areas of skin that can occur on the feet. They are caused by friction or a build-up of pressure and are more common in women than men. They are small and round with a defined centre. Corns can become quite painful as they press into the deeper layers of the skin and closer to nerve endings. Corns can be treated and removed by our podiatrists using a variety of techniques.
Calluses are larger than corns and are more irregular in shape which are usually found on the sole of the foot. They are also caused by friction or pressure that creates an area of hardened and thickened skin but across a larger area. This friction can be caused by abnormalities or deformities of the foot, or by poorly fitted shoes or high levels of activity. A visit to a Foot Folk podiatrist can begin your treatment for the removal of you callus and can sometimes be done in a single visit depending on the size, depth, and location.
Warts are small, hard lumps on the skin caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The virus can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact or via an object such as floors in showers, gyms, and swimming pools. There are multiple strains of the HPV virus which means that there are multiple types of warts. They are common, and studies suggest they effect up to 1 in 5 children. Podiatrists are able to treat warts easily and effectively using a variety of techniques.