Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are growths that occur on the bottom surface of the foot. Because they are usually

on the heel or the ball of the foot, walking can be painful. If you are experiencing plantar warts

that have not responded to home remedies, give us a call. Our experience with treating a variety

of conditions of the foot and ankle means you can count on feeling better fast.

Causes of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts, also called foot warts, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). You may

come into contact with HPV on surfaces in moist areas where the virus thrives. Common places

of transmission include pool areas and locker rooms. HPV enters the body at places where the

skin is compromised. Especially if you have cuts or scrapes on your feet, it is a good idea to wear

shower shoes or flip flops in public places. You are also more vulnerable to plantar warts if your

immune system is weakened.

Symptoms of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are easily identifiable by the hard, rough patch on the sole of the foot. Because of

their placement, walking can be painful. In some cases, plantar warts may not be raised but grow

inward instead.

Treatment options

Plantar warts usually respond well to home remedies. Common options include:

  • Cushion pads to relieve pain and pressure with walking.
  • Duct tape – keep the area continuously covered for several days. Soak and rub the area

with a pumice stone. You can repeat this process.

  • Soaking the affected area in warm water.
  • Over the counter salicylic acid preparations such as Compound W or Wart-Off.
  • For an ingrown wart covered by a callus, a pumice stone can be helpful for removing the

tissue. Soak the affected area first to soften the skin. This remedy is not appropriate for

anyone with diabetes or peripheral artery disease (PAD). In these cases home remedies

are not appropriate. Schedule an appointment with our Atlanta podiatrist immediately.

You can expect improvement of symptoms within a few weeks. It may be several months, or

even a year, before plantar warts are completely resolved. If you don’t notice any improvement

in a few weeks, contact us to learn about additional treatment options. These include:

  • Prescription strength salicylic acid.
  • Freezing – liquid nitrogen is applied to the area.

These are conservative options and require several visits for optimal effectiveness. In rare cases

another level of treatment is indicated. This can include surgery and laser treatments. We offer

experienced advice and will work with you to determine the best option. Give us a call. Our goal

is to get you back on your feet fast.

Foot Wart

Plantar (foot) warts are uncomfortable and sometimes painful benign skin growths caused by certain types of human papilloma virus (HPV).  There are several types of HPV viruses which can cause warts in different areas of the body including face, genital areas, mouth, fingers and foot. Plantar warts, the warts that occur on the foot, could be spread from one person to the other by touching infected parts of the skin or walking barefoot in communal areas such as swimming pool floors, locker rooms etc.

 

Warts differ from calluses in that they contain tiny blood vessels which bleed when disrupted or pared down. Sometimes, the immune system is able to ward off warts. At other times, medical treatment may be required. For proper identification and characterization, a biopsy of the wart may be necessary. Treatment options for warts can include chemical destruction, cryosurgery (freezing off the warts), surgical removal, application of salicylic acid treatments or tape occlusion.

 

If you believe you have warts, it may be necessary to seek medical advice from a qualified health professional to have this properly diagnosed and treated.