Plantar warts are a type of skin growth on the bottom of the foot caused by human papillomavirus, or HPV, infection. There are many types of HPV, and some of them are linked to skin warts. Plantar warts are a frequent type of skin wart. Because plantar warts can be uncomfortable, many people seek treatment from podiatrists. Plantar warts can be difficult to treat, and many treatments do not work. Different types of HPV are linked to different warts, and understanding which type causes the wart can help improve treatment and reduce side effects. If you or your child has developed a plantar wart, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment option that is right for you.
About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.
While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.
- Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
- Hard or thick callused spots
- Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
- Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing
- Electric tool removal
- Laser Treatment
- Topical Creams (prescription only)
- Over-the-counter medications
To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.
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