Plant Wart (General Information)

Plant Wart (General Information)

Plant Wart (General Information)

What is a plantar wart? A plantar wart is a thick, rough bump on the sole of your foot. Plantar warts are benign (not cancerous).

What causes the plantar wart? A plantar wart is caused by a human papillomavirus or HPV. HPV is a germ that spreads through direct contact. Usually it enters the skin through cuts or scratches on the sole of your foot. You may contract a plantar wart if you touch another person's wart.

What increases my risk of a plantar wart? Plantar warts occur more frequently in children and young adults. People with a weakened immune system are also at a higher risk. If you have tended a plantar wart earlier, you are more likely to contract another. Your risk increases if you walk barefoot. It also increases your risk if your foot touches warm, moist areas such as a shower or a changing room.

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What are the signs and symptoms of plantar wart? Plantar warts usually form at pressure points, such as the ankle or ball of your foot. You may have any of the following:

  • A flat, gray, chestnut or skin color
  • Black spots in the center of your wart
  • A wart or a cluster of them
  • A small wart that grows in size
  • Pain or tenderness when you walk or stand

How is a plantar wart diagnosed? Your doctor will usually tell you that you have a plantar wart when you examine your foot.

What are the risks of a plantar wart? You may contract a plantar wart again. Treatment may cause a scar to form on the skin. The virus can spread to other parts of your body if you pinch or scratch the wart. Without treatment, the plantar wart can grow deep inside the skin and can cause pain when you walk or stand.

How can I prevent another plantar wart?

  • Wash your hands: Wash your hands before and after touching your wart.
  • Avoid direct contact with warts: Do not scratch or pinch your wart. Never touch another person's wart.
  • Do not walk barefoot in public places: Wear bathing sandals or sandals in warm, moist areas. This includes showers, pool areas and locker rooms.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry: Use foot powder between your toes and on your feet after washing and drying them. Change your socks often to avoid wet feet. If your shoes are damp with sweat, put them in a place where they can be dried before putting them on again.
  • Do not share or reuse articles: Examples include nail file, pumice stones, socks, or towels. Clean these items with hot soapy water before using them again.

When should I contact my doctor? Contact your doctor if:

  • Your wart comes back or does not go away after treatment.
  • Your wart grows larger or begins to spread or grow in clusters.
  • You have bleeding or increase pain after treatment.
  • Your treated area is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

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