A plantar wart develops on the sole, often in high-pressure areas like the heel or ball of the foot. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be easily spread in damp environments like public showers or swimming pools.
Plantar warts usually appear as small, fleshy, grainy bumps that may have tiny black dots in the center. They may cause pain or discomfort, especially when walking or standing, and may sometimes be mistaken for calluses or corns.
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a widespread virus that can spread from person to person through contact with infected skin or surfaces. It can also spread through direct contact with an infected person, such as sharing towels or shoes. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments. As a result, plantar warts are more likely to occur on the feet, especially in areas exposed to moisture and pressure. This includes the soles of the feet, the heels, and the toes. In addition to contact with an infected person, plantar warts can also be caused by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. This can include walking barefoot in public areas, such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and shower floors. Wear shoes or sandals when walking in public to reduce your risk of getting plantar warts. Also, avoid sharing shoes and towels with other people.
The symptoms of a plantar wart can vary from person to person, but they typically include the following:
It is important to note that some plantar warts may not cause symptoms, while others can be painful and uncomfortable. Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be easily spread through direct contact with the skin or surfaces contaminated with the virus. If you suspect a plantar wart, seeking medical attention to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options is essential.
Plantar warts are caused by a virus and can cause pain and discomfort when left untreated.
The most common symptoms of plantar warts are hard, thick, or scaly patches of skin on the soles of your feet. They can also be painful when pressure is applied, such as walking or standing. Plantar warts usually appear as small, fleshy, grainy bumps that may have tiny black dots in the center. They may cause pain or discomfort, especially when walking or standing, and may sometimes be mistaken for calluses or corns.
Several topical treatments are available for plantar warts, which can be used to remove the wart by gradually destroying the affected skin tissue. Some of the most common topical treatments for plantar warts include:
Salicylic acid: This acid is available in over-the-counter wart removal products. Salicylic acid works by softening the skin and gradually dissolving the wart.
Cantharidin: This chemical is applied to the wart to cause a blister to form under the wart. The wart and the blister are then removed together.
Podofilox: This medication is used to treat genital warts, but it can also be used to treat plantar warts. It works by preventing the growth and division of skin cells.
Imiquimod: This is a cream used to treat genital warts and other skin conditions, but it can also be used to treat plantar warts. It works by stimulating the body’s immune system to attack the wart.
Following the instructions carefully when using topical treatments for plantar warts is essential. Some medicines may take several weeks or months to work, and using more than one treatment method may be necessary to obliterate the wart. Additionally, some treatments may cause side effects such as skin irritation, so discussing any concerns with a healthcare professional is important.
Laser therapy is generally considered safe and effective for removing plantar warts, with a high success rate and a low risk of scarring. However, it is typically reserved for cases where other treatments have failed, or the wart is particularly large or deep. It is important to note that, like any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects associated with laser therapy for plantar warts, such as pain, swelling, and infection. Additionally, laser therapy can be expensive and may not be covered by insurance, depending on the specific policy.
Cryotherapy: This is a treatment where liquid nitrogen is applied to the wart to freeze and destroy the affected tissue. Cryotherapy is often done in a doctor’s office.
Surgery is one of the medical treatments that can be used to remove plantar warts. It is typically reserved for cases where other treatments have failed, or the wart is huge, deep, or causing significant pain or discomfort. Several surgical methods can be used to remove plantar warts, including: