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Plantar warts

Plantar warts are benign skin lesions that are the result of a viral infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are infectious and public places such as swimming pool, gyms, hotels and locker rooms are the most likely places to be contaminated.

Plantar warts are very localised and can be painful, especially if located on pressure points during walking. The most frequent symptoms are a build up of hard skin with or without black dots in the centre, which sometimes look like a cauliflower. Plantar warts are often confused with other conditions of the feet such as corns or the presence of foreign bodies such as hair or glass. Although they may sometimes disappear by themselves, treatment of them is recommended to limit their extent and avoid the multiplication of plantar warts. The treatments used in the clinic are powerful and effective, and include among other things injections of bleomycin as well as various acids.

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Corn and calluses

Corns and calluses are a thickening of the skin due to excessive pressure or repeated rubbing. When this thickening is more widespread then it is considered a callus whereas it is a corn if it is very localized. Corns can be very painful and sometimes feel like you are walking on a pebble. Corns between the toes are also known as soft corns. People with flat or hollow feet or with bone deformities are more likely to develop corns and calluses due to the uneven amounts of pressures placed on them.

An accumulation of dead skin can also lead to cracks that become infected and painful. The main treatment consists of debridement using safe, sterile instruments. As calluses and corns are easily confused with other conditions, it is recommended that you consult a podiatrist to issue a diagnosis and provide appropriate skin care.

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Athlete foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection (fungus) of the skin of the feet, also known as tinea pedis.
Athlete’s foot is therefore contagious and tends to grow in warm, humid areas. Athletes and people with eczema or heavy sweating problems are more at risk of suffering from this foot condition and, in that case, will need an appropriate skin care.

Redness, irritation, unpleasant odours, itching and skin under the feet or between the toes that cracks are all signs that you are suffering from athlete’s foot. The main treatment of athlete’s foot is in the prescription of antifungal cream with or without treatment to control perspiration (if necessary).

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Feet excessive sweating

Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, is a condition that often affects the feet. If you experience some symptoms such as frequently wet soles, the sensation of having cold feet, and the presence or absence of bad smells, it is possible that you are suffering from excessive sweating of the feet.

If in doubt, consult your podiatrist for further evaluation. The latter will then be able to prescribe the topical treatment best suited to your condition and provide necessary advice on hygiene and skin care.