Plantar warts can be a pesky and painful foot condition that many people experience at some point in their lives. These small growths on the sole of the foot can be caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and while they are typically harmless, they can be a nuisance for those who suffer from them. In this article, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for plantar warts, as well as ways to prevent them from appearing in the first place. So, if you or someone you know is struggling with plantar warts, keep reading to learn more or book an appointment today with Michigan’s Top Rated Board Certified Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon who has over 30 years of experience Dr. Suha Kassab.
Plantar warts are warts that appear on the bottom of the foot, usually on the heel or ball of the foot.
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is highly contagious and can be picked up in public places such as locker rooms and swimming pools.
Symptoms of plantar warts include small, hard, grainy growths on the bottom of the foot, usually with black dots in the center. They can be painful and make it difficult to walk.
Plantar warts can be prevented by wearing shoes in public places and keeping feet clean and dry.
Plantar warts are diagnosed by a podiatrist or dermatologist through a physical examination of the foot.
Treatment options for plantar warts include over-the-counter treatments, such as salicylic acid and duct tape, as well as cryotherapy (freezing), laser therapy, and surgery.
While some over-the-counter treatments can be effective, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before attempting to treat plantar warts at home.
Treatment time for plantar warts can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the chosen treatment method. It can take several weeks to several months to fully get rid of plantar warts.
Yes, plantar warts can come back after treatment if proper prevention methods are not followed.
If your plantar warts are causing you pain or if they are not responding to over the counter treatments come in to see Michigan's Top Rated Board Certified Podiatrist & Surgeon Dr. Suha Kassab with over 30 years of experience.