Plantar Warts


Plantar Warts Description
Plantar Warts are a common source of pain in the bottom of the foot.  Plantar warts cause a painful, discrete raised bump on the bottom of the foot.  The bump is often hard and dark yellowish.  Plantar warts can occur any anywhere on the bottom (sole) of the foot. Plantar warts generally occur in ares of pressure such as the heel or ball of the foot. 

Plantar warts are causes by Human papillomavirus (HPV).  Around 10% of the population will have a plantar wart.

Plantar Warts Anatomy
Plantar Warts is

Plantar Warts Symptoms
Plantar Warts causes pain and discrete raise bump on the bottom of the foot.

Plantar Warts Treatment 
Plantar Warts can be diagnosed based on a detailed history, and physical exam performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, foot surgeon or sports medicine specialist.

Plantar warts often resolve spontaneously without any specific treatment.  Plantar warts which are painful generally responded well to over-the-counter remedies.  Salicylic acid, cantharidin, dichloroacetic acid or liquid nitrogen cryotherapy can be used to remove the wart.  Treatments should always be preceeded by soaking the affected area in warm water and pareing away the top excessive keratin layer of skin around the wart.  Warts that are resistant to these common methods may require surgical removal, although this is uncommon. 

Plantar Warts Prevention
Plantar Warts are associated with use of public showers and locker rooms.  It is best to always wear shoes or flip flops (shower shoes) while using public showers and rest rooms. 

Plantar Warts Risk Factors
Plantar Warts are associated the using public showers and locker rooms.  

Plantar Warts Outcomes
Plantar Warts generally resolve on their own or respond well to treatment.  Recurrence of plantar warts is very common.  

Similar injuries that can be confused with Plantar Warts include:

  • Metatarsalgia
  • Mortons neuroma
  • Corn
  • Callus


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