What’s the difference between a verruca and a seed corn?

difference between a verruca and a seed corn

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What’s the difference between a verruca and a seed corn?


A corn and a verruca can sometimes feel and look very similar, and the two can often get mistaken for each other.  Corns and verrucas are two of the usual conditions that podiatrists commonly treat in the clinic.  They can be quite alike especially in their presentation however they are actually quite different in terms of how they are treated and what causes them.  Hence, it’s significant to identify one from the other.

Seed Corns

Corns have a central core (sometimes called a plug) that grows inwards because of continuing pressure.  Also, it can become quite painful, particularly if it starts to push against a nerve.  A corn have fairly defined borders and often be rounded.  Corn sores most when it is pushed upon and the natural lines of the skin continue over the corn.  Corns can be seen on the tops of toes, in between toes, under the foot, and also even under toenails.  Moreover, a corn will grow when a callous is taken for granted.  Pressure continuously build as well as it makes a focal point which is where the corn occurs.


A verruca, or also known as plantar wart as they are seen on the feet, is something totally dissimilar.  Verrucas form because of the virus known as the human papilloma virus.  This virus attacks the skin cell and then changes its structure to form a verruca.  It is the same virus that causes verruca on other parts of the body, however, when they form on the feet verrrucas tend to be pushed inwards due to pressure.

Have you identified the difference between a verruca and a seed corn?  Are you suffering from any of the two or other foot problems?  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.
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



Check our blog about Kaposi’s Sarcoma https://www.thechelseaclinic.uk/kaposis-sarcoma/

Read our blog about corns and calluses https://www.thechelseaclinic.uk/corns-and-calluses/

Learn more about Verrucas https://www.thechelseaclinic.uk/verruca/

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