Sometimes, we have a patch of rough skin and we think it is a callus. If it is painful with side-to-side pressure versus direct pressure, then it can actually be an unwanted visitor: a wart.
Warts are viruses that get in the skin and create a thick skin lesion. Often times, these lesions will have little pinpoint black dots in them with disruption of the natural skin lines. The little black dots are actually small capillaries that come to the skin and, when trimmed, have little areas of bleeding. If warts are not taken care of right away, they may spread. One lesion can turn into several. Not only can they be on the foot, but they can also spread to the fingers if you pick at them.
There are several over-the-counter and home remedies for warts but they often will require stronger treatment. We prefer to use topical acids that are stronger than OTC products and often do not hurt to apply. If the acids do not work, or there is a single lesion, it can be surgically excised as a last resort.
If you have any further questions or would like to get rid of your unwanted visitors, give Freeland Foot & Ankle Clinic a call.