Plantar Warts

What are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are noncancerous skin growths on the soles of the feet, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They develop when the virus enters the body through tiny cuts, breaks, or other weak spots on the bottom of the feet. Plantar warts often develop on pressure points, such as the heels or balls of the feet, and can cause discomfort or pain when standing or walking. They are characterized by a rough, grainy appearance and may have a small central black dot, often referred to as a wart seed, which is actually small, clotted blood vessels. While plantar warts can be contagious and spread to other areas of the foot or to other people, the risk of transmission is relatively low.

What are Signs & Symptoms of a Plantar Wart?

What are some Treatment Options for Plantar Warts?

When dealing with plantar warts, several treatment options are available, ranging from home remedies to professional medical procedures. The choice of treatment largely depends on the wart’s size, number, and resistance to previous treatments, as well as the patient’s preferences and overall health. Here are some common treatment methods:

  • Salicylic Acid
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser Treatment
  • Surgical Removal
  • Immunotherapy
  • Chemical Peels
  • Duct Tape Occlusion Therapy
  • Prescription Creams or Ointments
  • Home Remedies