A Verruca That Won’t Go Away? It Might Be A Corn

One of the most common problems we see is ‘a Verruca that won’t go away’.  It can be very difficult to tell the difference between a Corn and a Verruca for someone who doesn’t have specialist knowledge – and it’s quite difficult to look at the soles of your feet to see it properly. A properly trained Podiatrist will be able to easily identify the problem.

Corns usually form on toes and the sole of the feet. They are small, thick conical shaped circles of dead skin with a central point which build on areas of high pressure and friction. A soft corn occurs between the toes and is whitish and rubbery. Verrucas are caused by a viral infection called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Verrucas can be caught by close skin to skin contact or indirect transmittal from contaminated surfaces, most commonly at a swimming pool. They can develop as a single verruca or as a cluster.


Verruca on Foot

The most common causes of corns and calluses include poorly fitting footwear, deformity and gait abnormalities.

The most common causes of Verruca Pedis include directly having HPV or coming into contact with contaminated surfaces of HPV.


The symptoms of both are similar but the causes are very different so it is important to make a correct diagnosis.

The most common symptoms of corns and calluses include pain on direct pressure, hard pads of skin visible on high pressure areas and tenderness.

The most common symptoms of verruca pedis mostly include white areas with a small black dots in the middle on the sole of the foot, callus development and they can be painful when pressure is put on the affected area.


The treatment for corns and verrucas is very different and often what appear to be a stubborn verruca is really a corn so no amount of verruca treatment will remove it.

Treatments for corns and calluses include removing the cause of pressure or friction and hard skin removal.

Treatments for verrucas include Silver Nitrate, Salicyclic Acid, Cryotherapy Program, Duct Tape, Laser and Dry Needling.

If you have had problems getting rid of a verruca then it is wise to get it checked to make sure it is not a corn or a callous covering up a deeper problem. Contact us to arrange an assessment to see how we can help you.

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