Rephrase: Plantar warts are noncancerous growths that develop on the sole, heel, or ball of the foot. They are typically diagnosed based on their appearance, characterized by rough and spongy texture. Plantar warts often have a gray, brown, or yellow color with dark dots in the center, which are actually dried blood in the capillaries.
Causes and Risk Factors
Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) entering the body through breaks or cuts in the skin on the soles of the feet. The virus is commonly found in contaminated environments such as public locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools. Certain individuals may be more susceptible to the virus, including those with repeated exposure to HPV, such as walking barefoot in public areas, and individuals with a weakened immune system.
Symptoms and Complications
Initially, individuals may feel a lump or discomfort on the bottom of their foot when standing, resembling the sensation of having a stone in their shoe. If left untreated, plantar warts can increase in size, reaching up to 1 inch in circumference and forming clusters known as mosaic warts. In severe cases, plantar warts can cause changes in gait or posture, leading to leg or back pain.
If you are experiencing plantar warts, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with our practice. Our healthcare professionals can diagnose and provide effective treatment to remove the warts quickly. Additionally, we can offer guidance on how to prevent future occurrences of plantar warts.