Plantar warts are small growths on the foot’s sole that grow because of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV virus that usually causes plantar warts is contagious and thrives in warm moist environments. Therefore, those who are commonly barefoot in communal areas, such as gymnasts, swimmers, and dancers, or those who have a weakened immune system, are at a higher risk for developing a plantar wart. Plantar warts usually appear as skin growths that feel rough and hard with a black dot in the center. They can also be painful when they are pressed or during walking. If you believe you have a plantar wart, a podiatrist will be able to help with a diagnosis and treatment. Treatments can include prescription creams, cryotherapy, and laser treatment.
Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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.
- 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
- 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 offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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