Plantar Warts

A close up on a Plantar wart

WHAT ARE PLANTAR WARTS

Warts are one of the most common skin infections caused by viruses. Plantar warts (so called because of their location on the plantar, or under surface of the foot) are found in areas of high pressure. These warts are small lesions under the foot that resemble a cauliflower with a little black spot in the middle. Plantar warts can appear similar to corns or calluses but can be differentiated by observing the skin patters. The lines of your feet, much like fingerprints but called skin striae, will conform to corns and calluses but will seemingly ignore plantar warts. The pressure you put on your feet by walking causes the warts to grow into deeper layers of tissue. It is very hard to determine when the virus was contracted due to the incubation period of 1-20 months. 

CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF PLANTAR WARTS

It is estimated that up to 10% of the United States is infected by plantar warts. The virus is contracted from walking on moist surfaces such as swimming pools or showers. It is very contagious due to the ability to survive for months without a host. 

Plantar warts are benign epithelial tumors caused by the HPV virus types 63, 1, 2, and 4. The virus is transmitted vie direct contact and can enter through tiny cuts and abrasions in the skin. These warts can become very painful if left untreated. 

LET US TREAT YOUR PLANTAR WARTS

  • Avoid walking barefoot
  • Observe your skin regulary and stay knowledgeable of any new growths or changes
  • Keep your feet dry and clean
  • Change socks and shoes daily
  • Avoid direct contact with warts on other areas of the body or other people
  • Visit your podiatrist at Mid Nebraska Foot Clinic annually
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