Callus or plantar wart, what’s the difference?

Updated on 24 May 2024

Callus or plantar wart, what’s the difference?

Callus or plantar wart? Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two. And even though they can be similar, these are two different conditions. And the symptoms and ways of treating these two problems are not the same.

Let’s take a closer look at calluses and plantar warts.

What is a callus?

Calluses are characterized by an accumulation of excessive skin. Most of the time they are found on the sole of the foot, convexities and between the toes. A callus appears when there is repeated rubbing or excessive pressure on the skin. This causes the skin to thicken due to the trauma caused to it.  

Some of the characteristics of foot calluses include:

  • Pain while walking
  • They form individually for the most part
  • They develop over several months, even years
  • They are often located under bony prominences

What are the best ways to avoid developing calluses on your feet?

Choose proper shoes that fit your feet, such as shoes with a cushioned sole that are wide enough and provide proper support. This way you avoid the risk of foot deformation, and wearing inappropriate footwear is also a habit you need to correct.

What are plantar warts?

Plantar warts are skin lesions that are common and benign. They are related to the human papilloma virus (HPV). They are contagious, but can be treated easily if the proper treatment is received.

Some of the characteristics of plantar warts include:

  • They can appear as one or more outbreaks
  • They can be painful if pinched on the sides
  • They can form anywhere on the foot
  • They appear rapidly
  • They normally appear with several small black dots

What are the best ways to prevent plantar warts?

To prevent plantar warts, it is important to avoid walking barefoot in showers, swimming pools, gyms and any other public place. You should also avoid scratching or causing your wart to bleed, as this may cause it to spread.

Calluses and plantar warts: why is a diagnosis important?

Although foot calluses and plantar warts are relatively benign, it is important to receive an accurate diagnosis in order to begin a good treatment plan. A callus that is treated as a plantar wart can become worse and more serious.

Don’t forget that every person is different. If a callus or a plantar wart troubles you, it is important to have the right information on hand to treat them effectively.

Do not hesitate to consult a podiatrist, who can provide you with the proper advice. Contact PiedRéseau.

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