Plantar Wart


What is a plantar wart? A plantar wart is a thick, rough skin growth on the bottom of your foot. Plantar warts are benign (not cancer).

What causes a plantar wart? A plantar wart is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a germ that spreads through direct contact. It usually enters the skin through cuts or scratches on the bottom of your feet. You may get a plantar wart if you touch someone else's wart.

What increases my risk for a plantar wart? Plantar warts occur more often in children and young adults. People with a weakened immune system are also at higher risk. If you have had a plantar wart before, you are more likely to get one again. Your risk is increased if you walk barefoot. It is also increased if your feet touch warm, moist areas, such as a shower stall or locker room.

What are the signs and symptoms of a plantar wart? Plantar warts most commonly form on pressure points, such as the heel or ball of your foot. You may have any of the following:

How is a plantar wart diagnosed? Your caregiver can usually tell that you have a plantar wart when he examines your foot.

How is a plantar wart treated? Your wart may go away on its own. You may need several treatments over weeks to months before your wart disappears.

What are the risks of a plantar wart? You may get a plantar wart again. Treatment may cause a scar to form on the skin. The virus can spread to other parts of your body if you pick or scratch at the wart. Without treatment, a plantar wart can grow deep into the skin and may cause pain when you walk or stand.

How can I prevent another plantar wart?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:


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