‘Same Same but Different’- CORN VS WART



A sudden spike in patients confused about these two conditions which is ‘same same yet different’ prompted this post. There have been too many confusing articles online which adds to the cloud of confusion, so here goes, once and for all  😎 






Looks and feels like a lump/bump on the foot Corn Wart
1) More circular 1) Cluster of small bumps, more irregularly shaped
2) Yellowish in colour
when it is dry
2) pale-colored, more white than yellow
3) No black dots, can have smooth
skin lines
3) dry, crusty surface with small black dots, no skin lines
More than 1 on the foot 4) Appears one at a time
in the same region
4) Can be more than one in close proximity to each other
5) Does not spread,
no small ‘baby growths near it
5) Can spread to surrounding skin and grow smaller lumps around
PAIN!  6) More painful if you
press it
6) More painful when you squeeze it
Able to trim the hard skin to reduce some of the pain
but there is a ‘hard root that you can’t seem to dig out
7) No bleeding when you trim it 7) Easy to bleed profusely when you trim it
8) The root can be removed by a podiatrist but it will always grow back after a period of time if there is pressure to the area 8) Once the ‘root’ is removed, the wart will not return unless, unfortunately there is another infection 🙁
9) Treated via sharps
debridement regularly
9) Average of 4-8 weekly sessions of debridement, application of acid and cryotherapy- should you not treat it weekly-10 days to fully remove the ‘root’, the wart will grow back


Warts are viruses, which is actually the Human Papilloma Virus 4 (HPV). They hide within your cells, divide and replicate within your own cells and it is when they transfer from one cell to another is when they become known to the body. The virus attacks the skin through direct contact, entering through possibly tiny cuts and abrasions in the outermost layer of skin. When you get your feet wet, your skin is more supple and it is possible that a virus can enter that way. Remembering that a virus can be viable for up to 4 months if left on the floor.


Photo of a Wart

After infection, warts may not become visible for several weeks or months until it grows big enough to pinch on the underlying nerves to cause pain or discomfort. Treatment can be varied. In The Sole Clinic, we engage in sharps debridement, application of concentrated salicyclic acid and cryotherapy, which is considered as Class A evidenced base practice.

Corns are specially-shaped callus of dead skin. It is part of your body technically so there is no spreading. Corns and calluses generally form when the skin tries to protect an underlying area from injury, pressure or rubbing.

I hope you are now better equipped to understand what is that lump on the foot. For any queries, you are welcomed to take a photo of the affected area and send it to our Clinic Whatsapp Number at +65 81251717 or +65 96450737 or email us at contact@thesoleclinic.com. We will be glad to assist!