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Plantar Warts

plantarPlantar warts, also known as verruca plantaris, are caused by a virus that invades the skin. They tend to occur in pressure points, such as the ball of the foot or the heel area; however, they can occur in other parts of the foot. They are usually accompanied by thickened skin, which can make walking painful and very difficult.

Conservative treatment of plantar warts may include paring down the thickened skin, or debridements, as well as a variety of topical preparations.  Over the counter acid removers are not recommended as they can lead to ulcerations and bone infections when used improperly.

Warts that are unresponsive to conservative care may need to be addressed from a surgical standpoint, during which the lesion(s) is/are surgically removed, or excised, from the foot. The lesion(s) is/are then sent to a pathology lab for analysis. After surgery, physician-directed local wound care is paramount to the healing process.

Oftentimes, warts are mistaken for either corns, which are thickened areas of skin that occur on the tops or tips of the toes, or for calluses, which are thickened areas of skin on the bottom of the foot.  Your foot doctor is trained to clinically identify characteristics of plantar warts, and can discuss treatment options with you upon physical examination.

FAQ

Yes. This is why filing and self-treatment should be avoided.
Seek medical help from your podiatrist. Your podiatrist has a good toolbox of treatment options from pastes, liquids, and lasers and knows of additional ways to help get rid of warts without having to go to surgery.
Warts can be obtained by coming in contact with unclean surfaces but also can occur when the skin is violated by a sharp object or when the skin is not in the best shape. They can also come from common areas such as showers. Once in the skin, the warts are happy to live in a warm moist environment and enjoy the opportunity to grow.
Plantar warts if untreated can grow very large into a mosaic-style wart which is a very large cluster of warts that becomes very embedded and difficult to treat. This is why prompt medical attention is recommended to treat early and often remove them from healthy skin.
Filing your warts is not recommended to avoid the spread of the wart and avoid it from becoming larger.
Our doctors recommend taking multiple vitamins as there have been cases where patients with Vitamin D deficiencies and Vitamin B-12 deficiencies may be more prone to warts or have difficulty resolving them.
Private Practice Since 1997
American Board Of Wound Healing
The American Board of Podiatric Medicine
American Board Of Multiple Specialties In Podiatry
American Professional Wound Care Association