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What Causes Plantar Warts?

Monday, 20 July 2020 00:00

Warts, which can grow throughout the body, are outgrowths on the skin that are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).  Warts can be very contagious, and they can spread through skin-to-skin contact or through sharing personal items.  Plantar warts grow on the bottom of the feet and usually have tiny black dots in them.  Generally, warts disappear over time, but it may take months for them to do so.  While plantar warts are usually harmless, they can be very painful.  There are a variety of treatment options for warts that are causing pain, including chemical treatments and lasers.  Some podiatrists may even elect to surgically remove warts that have become a problem.  If you are experiencing painful plantar warts, make sure to discuss with a podiatrist which treatment options may be right for you.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Boston, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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