Plantar warts are noncancerous skin growths, caused by a viral infection (human papillomavirus or HPV) in the top layer of the skin. They are common, especially in children. They are called plantar warts as they are generally located on the plantar surface of the foot. The virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet.

Plantar wart signs and symptoms include:

  • A small, fleshy, rough, grainy growth (lesion) on the bottom of your foot, usually the base of the toes and forefoot or the heel

  • Hard, thickened skin (callus) over a well-defined “spot” on the skin, where a wart has grown inward

  • Black pinpoints, which are commonly called wart seeds but are actually small, clotted blood vessels

  • A lesion that interrupts the normal lines and ridges in the skin of your foot

  • Pain or tenderness when walking or standing

Warts may go away naturally with time but this may take months if not years. They can cause irritation or minor pain, depending on their location. Also, warts may appear unsightly and make the person who has them self-conscious.

On average plantar warts are small but some grow bigger. Sometimes plantar warts can grow in clusters; those are called mosaic warts. Plantar warts usually don’t stick up above the skin as much as warts on the hand, partly because of the pressure of walking and its flattening effect.

Warts are spread from person to person. The transmission can be indirect (person to person) or indirect (person to object to person). A person’s risk of getting a wart varies. Those with a weakened immune system are more susceptible. But those with healthy immune systems can also develop warts. Each person’s immune system responds differently to HPV. Not everyone who comes in contact with it develops warts. Even people in the same family react to the virus differently.

Treatment, however, is not fast and easy. There are several over the counter options available at your pharmacy. Treatment often needs to be repeated otherwise is may return. Plantar warts are challenging to treat because most of the wart lies below the skin surface. Often the hard skin has to be removed before it is frozen or burnt. Otherwise you may be simply treating the hard skin and not the actual warty tissue

Even if a treatment is successful, the wart can reappear.

Treatment regime at Podiatry and Moore

  • Apply podophyllin every day for 2-3 days then have a days rest.

  • Repeat

  • You can reduce amount and frequency is it becomes to white and macerated but mainly if painful

  • You should increase amount and frequency if there is no white skin around wart. This means irritation is not occurring

  • If pain persists call us on 4647 2984