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Plantar Warts

Warts are small, rough growths on the skin that are shaped like cauliflower or look like solid blisters. Warts typically develop on the hands or feet but they can also develop elsewhere. They are common among children and young adults as well as people with weakened immune systems. The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes warts. When warts develop on the soles of your feet, they are called plantar warts (verruca plantaris).

You may have a single wart or a cluster of warts (mosaic warts). Tiny blood vessels grow in the core of a wart to supply it with blood. These blood vessels may look like dark dots in the wart's center. Plantar warts are contagious. The virus usually enters the body through broken skin and is typically acquired in public places where people go barefoot or from family members who have the virus.


The main symptom of plantar warts is a thickening of the skin that looks like a callus. Walking and standing may be painful. It may feel like you are stepping on a pebble.

If left untreated, plantar warts may spread, or they may disappear on their own in time. Most people prefer to seek treatment for plantar warts and clear them up quickly because they are embarrassed or the warts are painful.


The doctors at Ankle & Foot of Edmonds offer a number of treatments for plantar warts. They will examine your feet and decide on the best treatment. Treatment options may include topical or oral medications, freezing (cryotherapy), and surgery. Even if you follow your physician’s instructions, warts may return and require further treatment since they are caused a virus in your bloodstream.


The main way to prevent warts is to avoid contact with the HPV virus that causes warts. This means you shouldn’t touch other people’s warts or walk barefoot on wet surfaces where the virus may be living. Put on a fresh pair of socks and alternate shoes each day. Do not share socks or shoes with someone else. If a family member develops plantar warts, make sure that they have their own towel and bath mat and wear shoes or slippers in the house to prevent the warts from spreading. Avoid going barefoot because it can irritate the soles of your feet, and warts grow more easily if your skin has any cuts or openings. 

Seek Podiatric Evaluation and Treatment for Plantar Warts

Self-treatment of plantar warts generally isn’t advisable because over-the-counter preparations contain acids and chemicals that destroy not only the warts, but also the healthy tissue surrounding them. Contact Ankle & Foot of Edmonds now to schedule an appointment and begin treating your plantar warts.

Contact Ankle & Foot of Edmonds to schedule an appointment for Plantar Warts

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