Plantar warts are one of the most common viral skin infections.
Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus and, just like fungal infections, they are usually acquired through the use of unsterilized tools in nail salons or by walking in bare feet in warm, wet areas, such as locker rooms, public showers and around swimming pools.
They are contagious and care should be taken that they don’t spread to others or to other
body parts by touching or scratching.
Anyone can be exposed to plantar warts, however, children, especially teenagers and people with a weakened immune system are more susceptible.
What are the signs and symptoms?
• Depending on how deep they are and where they are located, they can be very painful
• They often appear as thick, rough skin with well-defined boundaries
• In many cases there are dilated capillaries on the wart, which are usually
seen as dark and brown
spots within the skin
• Warts can appear very small or large in multiple clusters, covering different foot areas
Before starting treatment,
a proper assessment by a chiropodist/podiatrist or family physician is required. Plantar warts are often mistaken for calluses
or corns. There are various treatments available, depending on
the location, size, and depth of the wart, as well as your age, skin
texture and overall health.
Existing methods include use of chemical cautery, immunotherapy medications, cryotherapy, surgical curettage, and laser surgery.
To reduce your risk of getting plantar warts avoid going barefoot, practice good foot hygiene, avoid direct contact with warts and don’t pick at warts.