The Appearance of Warts On the Bottom of the Feet

Verrucae (plantar warts) are a type of soft tissue lesion caused by a virus which can enter through the skin of the foot through a small cut or abrasion. Warts are typically located on the bottom of the foot when they occur in the lower extremity. In this location, they are known as plantar warts. Children and teens are typically more prone to a wart infection, however, they can occur in adults.

Signs, Symptoms and Causes of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts can be contracted in many ways. Typically, walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces is the primary cause. The virus is typically found in warm, moist environments such as public baths, locker rooms and swimming pools. If left untreated, plantar warts can spread to several warts known as clusters. Warts can also spread through contact usually from touching or scratching.

Plantar warts appear as a hard, flat lesion. They are often well rounded with defined boundaries. They tend to be raised and discolored gray or brown with a center of small black pinpoints. Warts can recur and can also be very resistant to treatment. Warts can be mistaken for corns or calluses, and they typically develop on the weight-bearing areas of the foot – the ball of the foot, or the heel.’

Plantar Wart Removal, Treatment and Spread Prevention

Warts can be treated with over-the-counter treatments such as topical acid or pads. Other treatment options can include surgical options to cut out the wart. You can prevent the spread of warts by avoiding direct contact, avoid walking barefoot, changing shoes and socks daily and keeping your feet clean and dry.

For more information on your plantar warts and potential treatment options, contact Worthington Foot & Ankle today. We want to get you back up on your feet!

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