Foot warts, also known as plantar warts, are small growths with a rough texture that appear on the heels or other weight bearings areas of your feet, such as the ball of the foot.
Foot warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). These viruses get access into your body through cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the foot’s surface. Contrary to popular belief, they grow into the skin, not out of it.
These warts create a small hole in the skin’s surface, making the surrounding skin thicken. Because of the dense nub around the wart, it’s common to feel pain when walking on the foot. However, that is the extent of the symptoms. There are no adverse health concerns related to the presence of a plantar wart.
There are different types of warts that affect the human body:
- Common wart: It appears on the hand and knuckles
- Plantar wart: It appears on the soles, heel or toes of the feet
- Filiform wart: It appears on the face, near eyelids and on the lips
- Mosaic wart: It is a group of tightly clustered warts
- Periungual wart: It appears around the finger nail or toe nail
- Oral wart: It appears within the oral cavity
- Genital wart: It appears near the genitals
In general, you should see a doctor if:
- If you notice bleeding at the spot or change in the color of the wart
- If you have severe pain and swelling at the spot
- You feel pain whenever you are walking or carrying out other activities
- You have unexpected sensations on your feet
- Your immune system is weak because of HIV/AIDS or other immune disorders
- You don’t know what it is
- You have tried unsuccessfully to treat it
- It spreads easily to other parts of the body
- You notice signs of infection, such as pus or scabbing
Treatment of Plantar Warts
Most foot warts do not pose a challenge to your health. They go away without treatment within several months, though they sometimes persist for over a year. If your wart is painful or bothersome and it spreads around the surrounding areas of the foot, you should see your podiatrist for safe and effective treatment. Most warts are treated with a form of cryotherapy, where liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the wart, freezing it. If required, laser removal is also available, offering a minimally invasive treatment.
We often see patients who complain about a growth, but are unable to distinguish whether it is a corn, callus or wart. If you have any of these conditions, Dr. Maislos, DPM, FACFAS can help you identify it and treat you accordingly. Call (713) 541-3199 to schedule an appointment today! We offer same-day and next-day appointments. We accept most major medical insurance.
Call (713) 541-3199 if you experience:
- new growth(s) along the soles of the feet
- pain or discomfort when pressure is applied to the area
- bleeding, or other change in the growth