Cutaneous Horn

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Cutaneous Horn


A cutaneous horn is a unique type of skin lesion characterized by a protruding growth that resembles a horn or spike.  These horns are made up of keratin, the same protein found in nails and hair and they can vary in size, shape as well as in color.  While they can develop anywhere on the body, they most commonly appear on areas of the skin that have been exposed to prolonged sun exposure such as the face, ears, scalp and hands.  It is also possible to develop a cutaneous horn on the feet, particularly on the toes, the soles or around the toenails.

They may appear as small, hard and protruding growths resembling a horn or spike.

In the case of cutaneous horn on the feet, they may be associated with factors such as:

  1. Pressure and Friction. Continuous pressure or friction from ill-fitting shoes or repetitive activities can contribute to the formation of cutaneous horns on the feet.
  2. Sun Exposure. Prolonged sun exposure without protection can contribute to the development of cutaneous horns, especially on the tops of the feet.
  3. Skin Conditions. Underlying skin conditions such as calluses, warts or viral infections may predispose individuals to the development of cutaneous horns on the feet.
  4. Age. Older individuals may be more prone to developing cutaneous horns due to changes in skin structure and function over time.

Treatment for cutaneous horns on the feet may involve removing the horn and addressing any underlying causes.  Causes such as treating calluses or addressing footwear issues.  Depending on the size and location of the horn, treatment options may include surgical excision, cryotherapy or topical medications.

Are you suffering from any foot condition?  At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help.  One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000


We hope you have a feetastic day!

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team



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