Warts are unsightly infections caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can result in four different kinds of warts. These categories include the common wart, which disappears on its own, the plantar wart on the bottom of your feet, flat warts, and filiform warts that often appear on the face. Warts are considered contagious and can be spread if the infection is transmitted. Some remedies to treat warts include soaking the wart in warm water, sanding down with an emery board, then applying an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment that has salicylic acid.
Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.
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.
- Legions 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, will 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 the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.