What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts develop exclusively on the sole of the foot. They can be painful and cause difficulty walking. Plantar warts may occur alone or in a pattern, grouped closely together.
What are the causes?
Plantar warts are caused by an infection of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 100 different types of HPV but only a few are known to cause Plantar Warts. The HPV strain that causes plantar warts strives in warm moist environments such as: shower floors, locker rooms, public swimming areas, pools and gyms. In order to become affected the virus must also have a point of entry such as: cuts, scrapes, cracks in dry skin or wet softened skin from prolonged exposure to water.
What are the symptoms?
According to WebMD, the symptoms of plantar warts include:
- Small, fleshy, grainy lesions, or growths, on the soles of your feet
- Hard, thickened skin (callus) over a well-defined "spot" on the skin, where a wart has grown inwards
- Black pinpoints, which are commonly called "wart seeds" but are actually small, clotted blood vessels
- Lesions that interrupt the normal lines and ridges in the skin of your feet
- Pain or tenderness when walking or standing
Treatment for plantar warts can vary for more information see our: Wart Treatment Services.