Plantar Warts

What is Plantar Wart?

A wart is characterized as a small growth within the skin that develops when the skin is infected by a virus. They can appear anywhere on the foot, but typically they are seen on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot. Plantar warts are most commonly seen in children and adolescents.

Plantar Warts are caused by trauma to the foot with direct contact with the human papilloma virus(HPV). Typically, the virus is acquired walking barefoot in public places such as locker rooms, swimming pools, or after a previous episode of trauma like stepping on a splinter or a piece of glass.

Types of Warts:

Symptoms of Plantar Warts

Thickened skin -often Plantar Warts resemble a callus because of its thick tissue.

Pain – a Plantar Wart generally hurts during walking and standing especially if the wart is beneath a weight bearing bone. There is also exquisite pain when the sides of the wart are squeezed.

Visible tiny black dots – the dots often appear on the surface of the wart and are actually blood within the capillaries (blood vessels) of the wart.

Lack of skin lines- Plantar Warts interrupt the normal skin lines (like fingerprints).

Treatment

Treatments may include: