What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are lesions caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) which enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. Plantar warts usually appear on the heels or balls of your feet, areas that feel the most pressure from everyday activity. This pressure may also cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a callus. Symptoms of plantar warts include:
- a small, fleshy, rough, grainy lesion on the bottom of your foot
- hard, thickened skin (callus) growing over a well-defined spot where a wart has developed inward
- black pinpoints (wart seeds) which are small, clotted blood vessels
- a lesion that interrupts the normal lines and ridges in the skin of your foot
- skin grooves that go around, rather than over, the lesion
- pain, throbbing or tenderness when walking or standing
Most plantar warts aren't a serious health concern but they can cause discomfort or pain, and may spread to other areas of the body, or other people. Consider visiting the chiropodist/foot care specialist at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Hamilton or Brantford locations, to have them treated for removal. Multiple clinic treatments are available if necessary, as well as prescription medications for the treatment of severe pain from plantar warts. Everybodys anatomy is different, as are the location and severity of their plantar warts, so we will personalize our plantar warts services exclusively to you!