Warts & Plantar Warts

Plantar Warts

Warts are a soft tissue condition of the foot that can be quite painful. Warts are caused by a virus, which generally invades the skin through small or invisible cuts and abrasions. They can appear anywhere on the skin. Warts on the foot are often mistaken for corns or calluses, which are layers of dead skin that build up to protect an area which is being continuously irritated. A wart is a viral infection and if left untreated can grow to an inch or more in circumference and can spread into clusters of several warts that are called mosaic warts. Like other infection, warts are spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart. The wart may also bleed which is another route for spreading. When plantar warts develop on the ball of the foot, or the heel, for example, they can be the source of sharp, burning pain. Plantar warts tend to be hard and flat, with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries; warts are generally raised and fleshier when they appear on the top of the foot or on the toes. Plantar warts are often gray or brown (but the color may vary), with a center that appears as one or more pinpoints of black. It is important to note that warts can be very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to reoccur.

It is also possible for a variety of more serious lesions to appear on the foot, including malignant lesions such as carcinomas and melanomas and while these conditions are rare, they can sometimes be misidentified as a wart. It is wise to contact our office and consult with one of our podiatric doctors when any suspicious growth is detected on the skin of the foot.

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