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Why do I have lumps on my feet?

Have you ever noticed small, painful lumps on your foot? You may be wondering what this is and if it’s something you should worry about. The good news is that these lumps are actually quite common and not usually a cause for alarm. Let’s take some time to explore the different types of lumps you might find on your foot, as well as how to treat them.

Plantar Warts

One type of lump you might find on your foot is a plantar wart. These warts are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). They tend to appear in places with more pressure or friction, like the bottom of your foot. Plantar warts are typically small, round bumps that can feel hard or spongy when touched. They may also have black dots in them, which look like tiny seeds. If you suspect that you have a plantar wart, it’s best to visit your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Corns and Calluses

Other types of lumps found on feet are corns and calluses. These are thickened areas of skin that form due to excess friction or pressure from ill-fitting shoes. Unlike plantar warts, corns and calluses usually don’t hurt unless they become too large or too thick. To prevent corns and calluses from developing further, it’s important to wear properly fitting shoes with plenty of cushioning at the heels, toes, and sides of your feet.


Lastly, bunions can also appear as a lump on your foot. Bunions form when the big toe joint becomes misaligned due to wearing tight-fitting shoes over time. This misalignment causes the big toe joint to stick out from the side of the foot, forming a bony bump known as a bunion. If left untreated for too long, bunions can become very painful and require surgery in order to correct them. Therefore it is important to seek medical attention early if you think you may have one forming on your foot! 

No matter what type of lump you find on your foot, it’s always best to get an expert opinion before attempting any self-treatment at home. Many lumps can be easily treated with simple lifestyle changes such as wearing well-fitting shoes or using over-the-counter medications or creams prescribed by your doctor. So next time you notice a strange lump appearing on your foot, don’t be too alarmed — make sure to get checked out by an expert first!

Dr. Jairo Cruz Jairo Cruz Jr, DPM Dr. Cruz is the owner of Gentle Foot Care Clinics and provides medical and surgical foot and ankle care to adults and children. Dr. Cruz believes in the importance of educating his patients and the general community by writing blogs about popular topics. These topics come from questions that are often asked by his patients!

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