Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are a common foot condition that is usually no cause for concern. However, over time, they may start to feel painful. While sometimes plantar warts can clear up on their own, they may require additional treatment. If you have plantar warts that cause pain or discomfort, it’s time to receive professional help. Reach out to board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Anant Joshi for treatment. 

What are Plantar Warts?

A wart is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which means that they are contagious from person-to-person. However, when the virus enters the soft tissue of your foot, it can turn into plantar warts. Any part of the foot may be impacted, but plantar warts are usually found on weight-bearing areas. The pressure causes the wart to grow inward. The wart looks fleshy if it is located on top of the foot. However, plantar warts are not as visible because they are compacted inside the foot. 

Since plantar warts can develop under the thickness of a corn or callus, people may not realize that they also have plantar warts. However, plantar warts have a rough surface and rigid boundary that sets them apart from the calloused area. A trained eye will notice the difference right away. 

Signs of Plantar Warts

As mentioned, it may be difficult to distinguish a plantar wart from other common foot conditions such as corns and calluses. Here are a few plantar wart symptoms to keep in mind that may help with identification:

  • Gray or brown spots in the center of a hardened area

  • Black pinpoints in center of thick skin

  • Pain when walking or standing

  • Calluses over a rigid spot

In some instances, numerous plantar warts may fuse to create a large painful patch. This situation may require more aggressive treatment. 

Who Can Get Plantar Warts?

Virtually anybody can get plantar warts. Interestingly, many people build up immunity to plantar warts over time. It is more common to see the condition in young children. People who have a weakened immune system or are taking immunosuppressive medications may be at higher risk. 

Prevention Tips

You can get warts from touching someone who has the virus or touching a contaminated surface. To help prevent plantar warts, consider the following tips:

  • Wash your feet with disinfectant soap

  • Avoid touching your own wart

  • Avoid touching someone else’s wart

  • Keep warts dry to avoid spreading

  • Wear sandals at public locations

  • Wash your hands regularly

If you get pedicures, make sure that your pedicurist uses sterile equipment on your toes and feet. Avoid using some else’s socks or shoes. 

Treatments for Plantar Warts

The severity of the condition will determine the appropriate treatment plan. Dr. Anant Joshi will consider the symptoms and how long the patient has had the wart before making a recommendation. Typical treatment plans include:

  • Topical medications

  • Laser treatments

  • Shaving the wart

  • Cryotherapy

  • Surgery

It’s not unusual for your podiatrist to recommend a combination of treatments to achieve optimal results. Keep in mind, everybody responds differently to treatment. It may take time to find the right solution for you. Even with the best care, plantar warts may return. 

Contact Dr. Anant Joshi 

Have you noticed a suspicious growth on the bottom of your feet? While it’s true that plantar warts may go away on their own, it can take months or years for that to happen. There’s no reason to suffer that long. Contact our office located in Woodland Park, NJ to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!