Calluses, Corns, and Warts
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe. Corns ordinarily form on the toes and calluses on the soles of the feet. The friction and pressure can burn or otherwise be painful and may be relieved by moleskin or padding on the affected areas.
Never cut corns or calluses with any instrument, and never apply home remedies, except under a podiatrist’s instructions.
A chronic infection caused by various types of fungus, Athlete’s foot is often spread in places where people go barefoot such as public showers or swimming pools. The condition ranges from mild scaling and itching to painful inflammation and blisters. It usually starts between the toes or on the arch and may spread to the bottom and sides of the foot.
Warts are caused by a virus that can enter the skin through cuts or scratches and they are usually picked up in moist environments such as pool decks and locker rooms. A wart should be treated to prevent the virus from multiplying or spreading to others. There is no easy way to get rid of a wart and although someone you know might have gotten rid of it with some duct tape chances are yours will not resolve that easily. It is best to have it evaluated and confirm that it is a wart and get on the correct course of treatment. The earlier you identify a wart and treat it the quicker it will resolve.