All about Plantar Warts

What are they?

Plantar warts are warts on the bottom of the feet caused by Human Papillomavirus(HPV). These warts are flat and firm to the touch and often resemble a cauliflower with black speckles. The lesions are either gray, brown, or yellow in color. They may be extremely painful, especially when walking or applying pressure.

Risk Factors?

Plantar warts are more common in children and teens than adults, because adults build more immunity as they age. Additionally, people who walk barefoot in public places such as pools, locker rooms, gyms, etc. are at a higher risk for being infected with plantars warts because the virus is contagious. 

Diagnosis?

It is best to see a podiatrist if you suspect you have plantar warts because in some cases, it could be something more serious like skin cancer. And if it is a plantar wart, you will need a podiatrist to treat the condition, it is very difficult to get rid of on your own.

Treatment?

Plantar warts are difficult to treat and get rid of permanently. They often require surgical removal by a podiatrist. Podiatrists usually  treat plantar warts either using topical medications or a surgical procedure where the warts are burned off. The treatment used depends on the severity of the warts. 

Prevention?

To reduce your risk of plantar warts, avoid direct contact with warts including your own and wash your hands carefully after touching warts. Keep your feet clean and dry and change your shoes and socks daily. Avoid walking barefoot around swimming pools and locker rooms. 

If you suspect you have a plantar wart, call our office at 203-791-0466 to make an appointment with Dr. Betschart so that you can get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Also, remember to be careful not to allow anyone else to come into contact with your plantar wart, as they can be contagious.

Author
Paul Betschart, DPM Dr. Betschart has over 26 years of experience in treating patients of all ages with all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. His mission is to provide you with helpful information about foot and ankle issues and the latest developments in healthcare.

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