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Plantar Warts – Identification & Prevention

What are Plantar Warts?

Similar to other warts, plantar warts are caused by an infection of the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).  Plantar warts usually appear on the heel or ball of your foot, anywhere where large amounts of friction and pressure are applied.  This virus enters your body through tiny cuts, lesions or breaks in the bottom of your feet. Although Plantar Warts can affect anyone, they are more common among children, teenagers and people with weakened immune systems. Plantar warts are not a serious health concern and go away untreated or with home remedy treatments. But, if they become painful, start bleeding, reoccur or multiply please see your Podiatrist.

How to Identify Plantar Warts?

Plantar Warts are small, rough and appear on the soles or heels of the feet. Plantar warts can be flat and commonly grow inward under a hard, thick layer of skin such as the calluses on your feet. They can be a single wart or grow in a cluster also known as mosaic warts. Additionally, plantar warts may appear to have tiny black pinpoints inside the wart, also known as wart seeds. Don’t worry, these are just clotted blood vessels. Plantar warts usually grow slowly, but are easily identifiable because they often cause pain or tenderness in the area of the foot affected when walking or standing.

How to Prevent Plantar Warts?

It is hard to say how each person’s immune system will react to encountering HPV, but the spread of plantar warts is usually caused by coming in contact with an infected surface. Since it thrives in warm, moist environments, avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms, swimming pools and public shower rooms. Use shower sandals, keep your feet dry, always wear clean shoes and socks and avoid sharing socks with other people. To avoid spreading plantar warts, avoid direct contact with people who have them.  If you have a wart, do not scratch them.  Scratching can help plantar warts spread quickly to other smaller cuts and lesions.  Last, always cover your warts in warm environments to avoid getting more and spreading to others.

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Warts

Warts are persistent and—worst of all—contagious. These small growths can form on the bottom or top of the foot and develop when the skin becomes infected with a virus.

Plantar warts are flat and usually have a hard surface, and most commonly occur in children, teens, the elderly, and people with certain conditions (allergies, immune system deficiencies, etc.). While not life-threatening, if left untreated plantar warts can swell in size and cause additional pain and bleeding. Warts do go away on their own, but this process can take months or even years—allowing the virus that causes warts to spread to others in the meantime.

Plantar wart symptoms include:

  • A small rough growth located at the bottom or top of the foot.
  • Tiny black or red dots. These are actually small, dried blood vessels inside the wart.
  • Pain while walking or standing.

Prevention

The virus that causes warts enters any cuts or weak points on the foot, and thrives in warm, moist environments—such as gyms, locker rooms, and pools. Because of this, the best way to prevent plantar warts is to always wear shoes or sandals. Socks and shoes should be kept clean and dry, while feet should always be checked periodically.

Treatment

If you notice you have a wart, try not to touch or irritate it. Consult a doctor for immediate relief or removal. Medical techniques include various treatments, cryotherapy, or surgery. Home treatments of warts are always tempting and convenient, but in some cases can make things worse.

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What is a wart? How did I get one? Will it go away on its own?

A wart is a small, hard, benign growth on the skin, caused by a virus.  Warts are ugly, persistent and contagious.  They can occur on both the top and bottom of the foot. Plantar warts are usually flat and wide with a rough surface raised above the skin’s surface.

Warts are caused by a virus that invades the skin and can be avoided by wearing shoes at all times.  This virus thrives in warm, moist environments such as gyms, locker rooms and showers.  Warts can more easily affect children, teens, and people with conditions like allergies or immune system deficiencies. 

Warts can go away on their own, but it may take months or even years. If you have a wart on your foot, do not touch or scratch the wart. We will be able to tell if we need to medicate the wart to remove it or remove it physically with a special instrument