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A foot wart or a corn; how do you diagnose it?

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In brief: See a Physician

Corns are on the top or sides of toes.
They are caused by an enlargement of bone rubbing against the skin causing a thickining of the skin. A wart is a round lesion caused by a virus. They are elevated on toes, and under the skin on the bottom or the foot. Warts have small black dots called papelli. If you cut down a wart you will get pin point bleeding as warts have their own blood supply.

In brief: See a Physician

Corns are on the top or sides of toes.
They are caused by an enlargement of bone rubbing against the skin causing a thickining of the skin. A wart is a round lesion caused by a virus. They are elevated on toes, and under the skin on the bottom or the foot. Warts have small black dots called papelli. If you cut down a wart you will get pin point bleeding as warts have their own blood supply.
Dr. Lorry Melnick
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Dr. James DeMeo
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
3 doctors agree

In brief: Wart

A wart is caused by a virus coming in contact with your skin.
A corn is caused by pressure. They look very similar but a wart usually has "pin point " bleeding where a corn does not.

In brief: Wart

A wart is caused by a virus coming in contact with your skin.
A corn is caused by pressure. They look very similar but a wart usually has "pin point " bleeding where a corn does not.
Dr. James DeMeo
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Wart

As stated warts are caused by a virus while a corn is caused by a boney deformity.
See your podiatrist for an exam

In brief: Wart

As stated warts are caused by a virus while a corn is caused by a boney deformity.
See your podiatrist for an exam
Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
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In brief: See a doctor.

Your doctor can shave the callus off the top of the lesion and determine whether it is a callus with a core, or an actual wart.
Treatments for each can differ slightly, so find out which you have before you try to treat it with over-the-counter removal pads!

In brief: See a doctor.

Your doctor can shave the callus off the top of the lesion and determine whether it is a callus with a core, or an actual wart.
Treatments for each can differ slightly, so find out which you have before you try to treat it with over-the-counter removal pads!
Dr. Libby Putnam
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