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Plantar Warts Caused by the Human Papillomavirus

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for different types of viral infections. When HPV enters the skin on the feet through a cut or other type of abrasion, it can lead to the development of an individual, or a cluster of plantar warts. Plantar warts form on the bottom of the foot and present as rough, sometimes ridged patches of lighter skin that may have a black dot in the center. This black dot is a tiny blood vessel that feeds the wart. Because they typically develop on the sole of the feet in high-pressure areas like the ball of the foot or heel, plantar warts can be quite painful. They are also very contagious and can spread from direct contact with a wart or through indirect contact with an object that is infected with HPV. Plantar warts are also quite resilient and can take over a year to go away, if at all, on their own. If they are not treated properly, they tend to grow back as well. That is why it makes sense to have your plantar wart treated promptly and professionally by a chiropodist who can get rid of them quickly, safely, and completely. 


Plantar warts can be uncomfortable or even painful. If you’re suffering from warts on your feet, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

What Does a Plantar Wart Look Like? 

Plantar warts are fleshy growths that generally have a rough, grainy texture. They may look and feel like a callus and are usually small and can grow individually or in clusters. Plantar warts may have small, black dots at their center that are actually tiny blood vessels. Warts interrupt the natural lines of your skin. 

Treatment Options

  • Salicylic acid - A chemical solution applied directly to the wart

  • Cryotherapy - Freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen

  • Minor surgery - Removing the wart through excision

  • Laser treatment - A concentrated beam of light is used to remove the wart

  • Wearing comfortable shoes and socks to avoid irritating the wart

  • Over-the-counter medications for pain relief

  • Patches to keep pressure off the warts

Plantar warts can go away on their own, but this may take several months to years. If your plantar warts are bothering you, seeking medical treatment is suggested. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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