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Plantar Warts Treatment in the Wayne County, MI: Detroit (Hamtramck, River Rouge, Dearborn, Melvindale, Highland Park, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Redford Charter Twp)

Plantar Warts Symptoms and Complications

If you notice small bumps around the heel or weight-bearing areas of your feet, you may have developed plantar warts. When the HPV virus enters the skin through an opening, such as a small cut or scrape, plantar warts can form and often cause discomfort. Some indicators that you have plantar warts include feeling pain in the soles of the feet when standing or walking and the formation of small fleshy growths, sometimes including a tiny black dot in the center of the bump.

Plantar warts can cause some pain while standing, sometimes felt as tenderness on the sole of your foot. Unless the wart has grown into the foot behind a callus, you will be able to see the fleshy wart. Because plantar warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist should only be consulted if there is an excess amount of pain associated with having them, if they are affecting your walking, or if they continually come back. However, anyone who suffers from diabetes or a compromised immune system disease should seek out care immediately.

Plantar Warts Causes and Prevention

To best prevent getting plantar warts, it’s advised to keep your hands and feet clean and wash them regularly. It’s also important to ensure you wear appropriate footwear in public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and communal showers. Because plantar warts are contagious, it’s especially important for those with a weaker immune system to make sure they take the above precautions. If you believe you’ve developed plantar warts and are experiencing severe pain, swelling, redness, or bleeding, it’s advised to seek professional care.

HPV causes plantar warts to form and is very common. There are more than 100 kinds of the virus in existence. However, only a few of them cause warts on the feet. The other types of HPV are likely to cause warts on other parts of the body.

For more information about plantar warts, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and advised treatment plan.

Plantar Warts (FAQs)

What are plantar warts? 
Plantar warts are benign, fleshy growths that can occur on the bottom of the feet due to a viral infection. The warts may or may not be painful, depending on their location on the foot. Warts that are located on areas that bear a lot of weight, like the heel, may grow inwards due to pressure from walking or standing, which can be particularly painful.
What do plantar warts look like?
Plantar warts can occur individually or in a cluster. They are typically fleshy, circular areas of dry, grainy skin. Warts on the feet are usually flat, but can sometimes be raised. They may be small or large. Warts can be differentiated from corns and calluses by the small, black dots located at their centers. These dots are actually the blood supply to the wart. 
What causes plantar warts?
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the skin of the feet. HPV is highly contagious and can be contracted through contact with infected surfaces, like locker room floors, or infected individuals. This is why you should avoid going barefoot in public spaces and sharing personal items like shoes, socks, and towels. 
How are plantar warts treated? 
There are a variety of treatments available for plantar warts. Some warts can go away on their own or with the help of over-the-counter treatments. Others may require medical intervention, particularly if they are large, wide-spread, painful, showing signs of infection, or if you have a systemic illness like diabetes that can interfere with healing. Medical treatment options for plantar warts include applying salicylic acid to the wart, freezing or burning it off, laser treatments, or surgical excision. Talk to your podiatrist to determine the right course of treatment for you. 

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