What Are Plantar Warts? - San Antonio STD Testing Clinics

Published: 07th October 2009
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Plantar warts are more common in people with cuts or open sores on their feet and in people with weakened immune systems. The highest occurrence of plantar warts is in children aged 12 to 16 years old, though plantar warts do appear in all age groups. Plantar warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) having access to your body through tiny cuts or abrasions that often occur on the soles of your feet. While plantar warts aren't necessarily a cause for concern, these common infections can become bothersome. Plantar warts often grow into the deeper layers of skin because of the pressure they receive due to their location. Find more about San Antonio STD testing clinics



Plantar warts are hard, rough growths that grow on the bottom of the feet. Standing or walking will push them into the foot, and the pressure can be very painful. Plantar warts are different from most other warts. They tend to be flat and cause the buildup of callus (that has to be peeled away before the plantar wart itself can be seen. Plantar warts can erupt anywhere on the sole of the foot. They may be difficult to distinguish from calluses.



Plantar warts form on the bottom of the feet and they are the direct result of the human papillomavirus (HPV). They appear in areas of pressure like the balls and heels of the feet. Plantar warts, a manifestation of infection by HPV-1, -2 and -4, tend to be smoother and flatter than common warts and can also be painful when pressure is applied. Plantar warts are a common skin infection on both sides of a foot. It can be observed in all age groups but plantar warts are most frequent in children of age group from 12-16 years.



They tend to be found in areas of pressure such as the heel and ball of the foot. Plantar warts often cause pain, especially if they are located over bony areas of the foot. Plantar warts are skin lesions on the foot caused by a virus entering the blood stream via small cracks or cuts in the skin. The virus can remain dormant for some time, so it may be difficult to tell how you got plantar warts in the first place.



Plantar warts may spread on the body and seed other areas. Plantar warts often appear flat, but grow inward toward the dermis (second layer) of the skin, which can be painful. Plantar warts are just one of the many health problems that can infect kids while they are in school.



Plantar warts generally do not require treatment. However, some plantar warts are painful and need be treated. Plantar warts are often similar to helomata or corns, but can be differentiated by close observation of skin striations. Feet are covered in skin striae, which are akin to fingerprints on the feet. Plantar warts often appear near the balls of the foot or around the heel (essentially, the places that most likely made contact with the virus in the first place). You can feel the lump of a plantar wart as you walk, but when you look at it, the wart appears surprisingly flat.



A variety of local treatments, including topical salicyclic acid, cryotherapy, topical 5-fluorouracil, intralesional interferons and photodynamic therapy, are available to treat plantar warts.

Surgical curettage can be combined with other treatments, as necessary. Surgical excision of the wart has a good success rate with a relatively low rate of recurrence. It is performed under local anesthesia. Surgical excision of the wart has the highest success rate with a relatively low rate of recurrence. There is some mild discomfort with this procedure and it takes several weeks for the area to completely heal.



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