Most people come to me for skin-related foot problems. By that, I mean warts, foot corns and callus.
I've written about corns vs warts before, but what about with skin callus added to the mix?
All three are ugly and uncomfortable. They're also tough to tell apart.
This confusion means you waste money on useless remedies. You limp on and on, ashamed to bare your sole.
So, here's a pro guide on wart vs callus (including pinch callus on toes).
You'll soon know the difference — and how to treat them!
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.
If I had a dollar (or pound) every time I hear:
"I think I've got a wart on my foot, but it may be a corn".
"I've filed this bit of skin on my foot for months, and it's not going".
A corn vs wart can be tough to tell, one of the many types of each causes sole of your foot pain.
And a positive ID is crucial to get rid of it — for ever.
So how do you know?
Here are five quick ways to tell the difference (or at least lead you in the right direction!)