Plantar Warts (Verruca)
Plantar warts or verruca are skin infections caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Warts are hard and often painful lesions on the sole of the foot. The viruses are spread via direct contact with the skin which can occur through mild cuts or grazes with an infected surface. This commonly occurs through contact with wet flooring at swimming pools.
Plantar warts are different in appearance than common warts seen on elbows and knees. They are usually more callused with thick, dry skin, and are generally sore to walk on. Plantar warts are not usually a serious health concern and may disappear on their own, however they can often make walking, running and jumping painful because they press onto the sensitive nerve endings of the skin.
Wart vs corn – what do we typically see with a wart?
- Painful to walk on
- No obvious cause (eg shoes not contributing, not a bony lump)
- Skin lines go around the wart
- It is painful to pinch rather than to push on
- There are small black spots on the wart
Mosaic Wart presentation on the foot
When to seek treatment:
What does a wart treatment involve:
If left untreated, warts be transferred to other family members – it is best to get them treated so that you can have comfortable feet once again. Plus, your family will thank you for it!
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