Plantar warts are hard, grainy growths that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which usually appear on the heels or balls of your feet. While most plantar warts are not a serious health concern and may not require treatment, they can eventually cause discomfort or pain.
Plantar warts are caused by an infection of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which entered the body though breaks in the skin, small cuts and weak spots on the bottom of your feet.
While anyone can develop plantar warts, some are more at risk than others:
- Children and teenagers.
- Those with weakened immune systems.
- Those who’ve had previous plantar warts.
- Going barefoot in public places, like public showers or pool decks.
Plantar wart symptoms include:
- A small, fleshy, rough growth on the bottom of your foot.
- Development of hard, thickened skin over a well-defined “spot” on the skin.
- Black pinpoints found in the growth, which are commonly called wart seeds.
- Pain or discomfort when walking or standing.
When to See a Podiatrist:
You should see a podiatrist when:
- The wart is painful or changes in appearance or color.
- If the wart persists, multiplies or recurs after treating it.
- Discomfort affects your activities.
- If you have a weakened immune system, diabetes or poor sensation in your feet.
- If you are unsure if you have a plantar wart.
Treatment of plantar warts include:
- Prescription medication that helps remove layers of skin.
- Freezing the wart off with the help of a podiatrist.
- Laser treatment.
- Minor surgery.
Dr. Regal explains the difference between a callus and plantar wart in this video.
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