A tearing 'tween your toes is probably a soft corn. A splash of black-dotted skin on your heel? I'd err toward a wart.
(Heel pain so bad you can't walk is probably plantar fasciitis)
If only it was always this simple!
After writing my general guide, I realized telling a seed corn vs plantar wart can be tricky.
Both are similar in size, sprout in the same place and can form in a cluster. Not to mention, the sole of your foot is difficult to get a good look at.
(Pro-tip: it's easier to take a magnified photo with your phone)
So how do you tell them apart? Well, with these few pointers, you'll be well on your way.
After my post on the price of ingrown toenail surgery, I thought I'd touch on corn removal surgery cost.
A lot of you wonder about this. People assume that due to the pain, they're going to be super-expensive to banish.
You'll be relieved to hear this isn't the case! The vast majority will be walking with a spring in your step after one appointment.
But this doesn't mean you'll never have trouble with your corn again...
Ah, seed corns, those picky little plugs of ingrown skin.
Now being a Podiatrist is never dull. One minute, I'm looking at fungal shellac nails.
The next I'm straining to see the evil sesame's aka seed corns.
Seed corns are caused by dry friction — and often appear as a cluster. They can be tough to tell from plantar warts.
Now for some, they're an occasional nuisance. But for others, seed corns equal a stab pain every step.
(Oh btw, they can also be the beginning of big, badder corns).
But now for the good news: compared to other corns, the seed variety are way easier to home cure.
This means with a bit of patience you can save a fortune going to see a podiatrist.