Skin Lesions

skinlesionsAim of this leaflet

To provide you with information, to assist you in making an informed choice, whether or not to undergo foot surgery. 

Aims of this Procedure

Relief of pain or deformity by removal of a lesion of the skin. Most commonly corns, Intractable plantar lesions (IPK), Verrucae (warts), Lumps and bumps. Sometimes these are sent off to be identified.

The Procedure

The lesion is either removed and the skin closed with stitches. Or the lesion is removed and the hole is left to heal from is base.

Approximate procedure time 10-20minutes

Approximate Recovery Times

Week 0-1

Heel or flat foot walking only with minimum pressure on the operation site. Rest with your foot elevated.Reduced walking only. Elevate your foot when possible.

Week 1-2

If no sutures are used you commence soaking the foot in salt water daily at this point.

Week 2-4

If used, sutures are removed around this time. Week 3 if on the sole of the foot.Swelling should start to subside. Gradual return to non-sporting activities (work) as felt comfortable. Return to driving in normal shoes when it is safe to.

Week 6-8
Continued improvement. Any swelling should be have subsided.
Month 6 For most people the full benefit of surgery is by now.

Specific Risks Of This Operation

  • Scar problems.
  • Over use of the foot in the early days leading to delayed healing.

General Risks Of Surgery

  • Infection minor or major
  • Delayed healing of soft tissues or bone.
  • Swelling, short or long term.
  • Numbness, short or long term.
  • Scar problems, Pain Thickening Discolouration.
  • Chronic (long term) Pain Syndromes.
  • Anaesthetic and medication complications.
  • Damage to Circulation. Haematoma (Bleeding into the skin)
  • Blood clots, DVT and Thrombosis, Heart attack.
  • Failed procedure, Deterioration, Fatality from complications.


We specialise in providing Regional Local Anaesthesia. We use injections to numb your foot, so you do not have to be put to sleep.

Going Home

You are able to go home the same day, but you must be driven home and have a responsible adult to stay with you.

Further Information

If you have any questions please ask the team Consultant

or a member of the Podiatric Surgical Team during your consultation.

This leaflet should be read in conjunction with Patients Pre-Op Information Booklet available at the practice.