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Plantar warts are warts that are only found on the feet, hence
the term “plantar”, which means “relating to the foot.” They are
caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and occur when
this virus gets into open wounds on the feet. The warts
themselves are hard bumps on the foot and easily recognizable,
mostly found on the heels or ball of the foot. For the most part,
plantar warts are non-malignant, but they can cause some pain,
discomfort, and are often unsightly, so removing them is often
the first step taken.
Plantar warts can cause some pain while standing, sometimes
felt as tenderness on the sole of your foot. Unless the wart has
grown into the foot behind a callus, you will be able to see the
fleshy wart. Because plantar warts are not cancerous or
dangerous, a podiatrist should only be consulted if there is an
excess amount of pain associated with having them, if they are
affecting your walking, or if they continually come back.
However, anyone who suffers from diabetes or a compromised
immune system disease should seek out care immediately.
Podiatrists are easily able to diagnose plantar warts. They
usually scrape off a tiny bit of the rough skin in order to make
tiny blood clots visible and show the inside of these warts.
However, a biopsy can be done if the doctor is not able to
diagnose them from simply looking at them. For a less invasive
treatment option, topical creams can be used through a doctor’s
prescription, which may help given enough time and patience.
Keep the wart covered for protection in between daily
The best way to avoid developing plantar warts is to avoid
walking barefoot in public places, especially when you have
open sores or cuts on your feet. It is also important to avoid
direct contact with any other warts you might have or warts
other people might have, as they are highly contagious.
Kelly N. May, DPM, FACFAS
Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
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