About Plantar Warts
A plantar wart is a small growth on the skin caused by a virus. More specifically, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV causes warts on other parts of the body as well.
Direct contact with the virus causes the warts, so it easy to pick them up in public places where people commonly go barefoot. For example, karate classes or exercise classes, pools, or locker rooms. If someone else in your family suffers from plantar warts, you can also pick the virus up at home.
Usually, the warts start out small and get larger with time, growing deep into the skin. They sometimes resemble a callus because of their thick, tough tissue and, while they are usually harmless, they are often painful. A wart often hurts while walking or standing or if you squeeze it sides. Sometimes tiny black dots, which are actually dried blood, appear on the surface of the wart.
Warts can be very resistant to treatment and can come back even if treatment is successful in getting rid of them. There are over-the-counter medications that you can try, but you should never try to remove a wart on your own. Be cautious when using any home remedy or folk remedy for warts. There are many of them, but they are unproven and can be very dangerous. Do not take an unnecessary risk with your health by using an unproven treatment.
There are several treatments available for plantar warts, including:
If the wart does not respond to any treatment, further diagnostic tests may have to done, such as a biopsy.
If you have a plantar wart and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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