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  • Why Can't a Corn/Callus Be Permanently Removed?

    Many patients come in to our office with corns and calluses that become troubling.  It can be annoying to have to have them treated over and over, and patients wonder if corns and calluses can be permanently removed.  

    What you need to understand is that corns and calluses aren't necessarily deformities; they are the skin's natural response to pressure.  If pressure or rubbing occurs, the skin gets worn and blisters.  In a less severe case, a callus is formed.  It protects the underlying skin from being damaged.

    What can you do then to avoid having to rush back to the podiatrist every time a corn or callus becomes painful?

    -Wear more supportive shoes. The pressure points created by improper shoes can create corns and calluses.

    -Remove the pressure points through padding. Wearing padding on affected areas can decrease pressure points.

    -Have the underlying conditions treated. If you have a structural foot problem, you will likely experience abnormal pressure points that lead to the creation of corns and calluses.  Getting those conditions treated will stop the chain reaction of corn and callus formation. Oval shaped callus padCallus

  • Do I Have Warts or Plantar Warts?

    The diagnosis of plantar warts (on the bottom of the foot) or warts elsewhere is often not too difficult.  The most common signs and symptoms of warts include:

    • Thickening of the Skin:  Warts, especially plantar warts due to the repetitive stress of walking, often resemble calluses and have thick, hard skin.
    • Pain:  Warts are often painful, especially with pressure or when sides of warts are squeezed.  This is especially problematic with plantar warts, as they cause pain during walking or standing.
    • Black Dots:  Often you will hear people say "seed warts" or "my wart has seeds".  These small black dots seen in the thick tissue making up a wart are the most important feature to diagnosis a wart.   These black dots are capillaries (small blood vessels) in the skin that supply the wart.   When the top of the wart is removed, little areas bleed (often called "pin-point bleeding") and confirms the diagnosis.

  • What CausesWarts?

    The answer to this question is two fold: 

    1. Warts on the feet are caused by a virus, the human papiloma virus (HPV), that commonly causes warts throughout the body.  This virus becomes infective only through direct contact.  This contact can occur in public places (when walking barefoot) such as public swimming pools, showers, locker rooms, gymnastic classes or karate classes.  It may also be encountered with poorly cleaned equipment during a pedicure.
    2. Warts have a genetic component.  Although warts are caused by a virus (and thus can not be inherited), the infection runs in families.  This is both because exposure can happen at home and also that certain individuals inherit the tendency for the virus to present as a wart.  The genetic or familial tendency + viral infection = wart.

  • Who Gets Warts?

    Warts, especially plantar warts, are a common problem encountered primarily in children, adolescents and the elderly.  This does not preclude adults from also having warts, although it is less common.  There also seems to be a genetic component, as warts are more common in families with some individuals having a higher prevelance of warts among family members.

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