Plantar Warts

What are plantar warts?

A plantar wart is an infection that is caused by a virus, known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus enters the body through a cut or break in the skin on the foot. They are sometimes confused with other skin conditions such as calluses, corns, and blisters, but are easily distinguishable by a podiatrist when examined closely.

Plantar warts are a common skin condition that can cause some discomfort and embarrassment, but with preventative measures and proper treatment, can be managed and kept under control. They can affect anyone of any age, but are more common among adolescents and children.

How do I know I have plantar warts?

Plantar warts appear as small, fleshy growths with a rough surface, usually on the soles of the feet near the toes or heel. They can range in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter. They often have a black, gray, or yellowish dot in the center, which is a collection of small, clotted blood vessels.

Some plantar warts are painless, and can become painful when pressure is applied to them, like while standing or walking. They can also be itchy or tender to the touch.

In some cases, the warts may spread to other areas of the feet, and they may even spread to other parts of the body.


What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact with an infected person’s skin or through contact with objects or surfaces like towels, socks, shoes, or floors that have been in contact with an infected person.

They are more likely to form when the feet are exposed to warm and moist environments, as viruses thrive in these types of areas, which can occur when walking barefoot in public areas such as pools, showers, or locker rooms. Wearing shoes that do not fit properly can also increase the risk of developing plantar warts, as this can lead to excessive sweating and moisture in the feet.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Treatment for plantar warts is aimed at removing the wart or reducing its size. This is typically done with over-the-counter medications or topical cream. These medications will contain active ingredients like salicylic acid, which works to break down the wart tissue. Cryotherapy may be used for larger or more stubborn warts, which freezes off the wart using liquid nitrogen. Royal Podiatry also offers microwave therapy, which uses microwave energy to heat cells, trigger your body’s immune system, and in turn allows your body to detect and attack the virus that causes plantar warts.

Microwave therapy is minimally-invasive and only takes 2-4 15-minute office visits to work. In some cases where the wart may require more aggressive treatment, surgery may be necessary. Regardless of the treatment used, it is important to note that plantar warts can be difficult to remove and may take several, consistent treatments, and the wart may return after initial treatment. It is also important to take preventative steps to avoid spreading the virus to others, including avoiding direct contact with others who have warts, not sharing towels or shoes, and keeping feet clean and dry.

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