Dr. J. Leonard Knudson practices podiatry at Tower Wound Care in Culver City, California, where he safely and painlessly removes plantar warts from patients’ feet. If you think you have plantar warts, please contact us before treating them at home, especially if you have diabetes, so we can help ensure you get proper treatment without causing the virus to spread.
Warts that appear on your feet are called plantar warts. Like warts on other parts of your body, plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which gets into your skin through a cut or scrape, then infects the top layer of skin. It usually takes a few months after you get the virus for warts to grow large enough to see.
Warts spread easily; you only need to come in contact with the HPV virus. You can get warts by touching an infected person and from coming into contact with an item touched by an infected person. You’re most likely to get plantar warts from walking in bare feet on dirty ground where the virus lives, or in moist areas where other people are in bare feet, like swimming pools and showers.
You can develop plantar warts anywhere on the foot, but they often appear on the soles, where they may not cause pain or interfere with walking. When they appear on weight-bearing areas like the heel and ball of the foot, you could feel sharp pain every time you put pressure on the wart.
Plantar warts on the bottom of the foot tend to be flat, have a rough surface, and have well-defined boundaries. They’re often gray or brown, but they may be tan, white, flesh-colored or pink. If the wart develops on the top of your foot or on the toes, it’s likely to be raised and fleshier compared to those on the sole or heel. The warts may develop a cauliflower-like texture or have tiny black spots, which are caused by bleeding of small blood vessels in the wart.
You may hear about home remedies for plantar warts, but it’s best to consult a podiatrist because they’re stubborn to cure. While pharmacies carry treatments, it’s still a good idea to check with a podiatrist before buying over-the-counter products, so the doctor can confirm that you actually have plantar warts. Podiatrists like Dr. Knudson may recommend killing the virus with medications, although they often need to be removed since they’re hard to treat. Depending on the size and location of your plantar warts, the doctor may freeze them off using liquid nitrogen, remove them with chemicals, or cut them off using an electric needle or laser.
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