Plantar Wart (Verruca Plantaris)
What is a
Awart is a small growth on the skin that develops when the
skin is infected by a virus. Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but
typically they appear on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot. Plantar warts
most commonly occur in children, adolescents, and the elderly.
are two types of plantar warts:
Plantar warts are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus
(HPV). This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body.
The symptoms of a plantar wart may include:
Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Usually this growth
occurs slowly, with the wart starting small and becoming larger over time.
To diagnose a plantar wart, the foot and ankle surgeon will examine the
patient’s foot and look for signs and symptoms of a wart.
Although plantar warts may eventually clear up on their own,
most patients desire faster relief. The goal of treatment is to completely remove
The foot and ankle surgeon may use topical or oral
treatments, laser therapy, cryotherapy (freezing), acid treatments, or surgery
to remove the wart.
Regardless of the treatment approaches undertaken, it is
important that the patient follow the surgeon’s instructions, including all
home care and medication that has been prescribed, as well as follow-up visits
with the surgeon. Warts may return, requiring further treatment.
If there is no response to treatment, further diagnostic
evaluation may be necessary. In such cases, the surgeon can perform a biopsy to
rule out other potential causes for the growth.
Although there are many folk remedies for warts, patients
should be aware that these remain unproven and may be dangerous. Patients
should never try to remove warts themselves. This can do more harm than good.
Information provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
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