Warts are caused by a virus that affects the top layer of the skin. Plantar warts develop on the sole of the foot and grow inward as a result of the pressure that the heel endures while walking and running. Plantar warts are described as small, thick patches of hardened skin, and can have dark spots in the center. Warts are considered to be contagious. The viruses that cause plantar warts live and thrive in warm places. These can include shower room floors, public swimming pools, and surrounding areas. When appropriate shoes are worn in these types of places, the risk of getting plantar warts may be decreased. Plantar warts can cause considerable pain and discomfort, and if you are suffering from plantar warts, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this ailment.
Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contactone of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.