Corns, warts, and verrucas are all common skin conditions that can cause discomfort or pain and are often confused and misdiagnosed.
Corns are small, raised areas of thickened skin that usually develop on the feet or toes in response to pressure or friction. They are usually round and have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin. Corns can be painful and may feel like a small pebble in your shoe. They are usually caused by wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, or by repetitive motions that put pressure on the same area of the foot.
Warts, on the other hand, are caused by a viral infection and can develop on any part of the body. They are usually small, rough growths that can have a cauliflower-like appearance. Warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) virus, and they are contagious. They can be spread through direct contact with the skin or by sharing personal items like towels or shoes.
Verrucas are a type of wart that develop on the sole of the foot. They are usually flatter and less raised than regular warts, but they can be just as painful. Like warts, they are caused by the HPV virus and are contagious. The virus thrives in wet or damp environments, such as swimming pool floors, communal changing areas and showers.
In summary, corns are caused by pressure or friction and warts are caused by a viral infection which can be treated at a Nail & Skin appointment. Verruca is a type of wart that specifically develop on the sole of the foot and our Podiatrists can help get rid of the verruca. It is important to see a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and recommendation of treatment.
Skin problems are often confused, difficult to identify and mistreated with over-the-counter topicals. Leave that to us, the foot specialists. Book a Nail & Skin Appointment, during which our Podiatrist can identify your problem and recommend the right treatment for you.
Like all warts, plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus. Underneath the skin, the wart can have finger-like roots that reach down and grow, making them very difficult to treat effectively from the surface.
Swift is a cutting edge technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift delivers a low dose microwave energy through a specialised probe that targets and effectively treats the underlying HPV virus by simulating a natural immune response in the body. Addressing the root cause, not the symptom.
Swift is exclusively available at Foot Mechanics Milford clinic. Read more about Swift Verruca Treatment here.