Ugly lesions on your feet have made walking painful. They look like plantar warts, but you’re not really sure that’s what they are. Whatever they are, you want to get rid of them, and you prefer to do it in the privacy of your home. This article includes the information you need to identify the type of growths on your feet. We have also included the information that you need for choosing a safe remedy that will help you get rid of plantar warts and walk pain-free again.
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What Are Foot Warts?
The sole of your foot is known medically as the plantar. Warts that grow on the bottom of your feet are called plantar warts. The term plantar warts is also used to refer to the warts on your ankles and toes. Sometimes they can appear further up your leg. All warts are caused by HPV. It has many types, and the kind of wart you have is often defined by the virus type that caused it. You can learn more about what causes plantar warts here.
Many individuals prefer to try to get rid of their warts at home. There are many ways in which they have been successful. Each person is different and what works for one often won’t work for another. You’ll have to experiment to find the best method for you. There is information here that describes home remedies for plantar warts for you.
You may choose to have your warts removed. It’s usually good to consult a health care professional to avoid further infection.
- Freezing or burning the warts off.
- Applying prescription-strength creams.
- Surgically cutting them out.
The best method for you will depend on where your warts are, how many you have, and how large they are. You can find further information on plantar wart treatment here.
HPV Type 1 is the usual cause of plantar warts. However, other types have been implicated in some cases. The virus enters your body through small cuts in the skin on your feet. Like most viral infections, HPV is contagious. That’s why you can sometimes find plantar warts on other parts of your feet and lower legs.
Do Plantar Warts Hurt?
Plantar warts are very painful for most individuals. That’s because of the pressure you put on your feet by walking and daily activities. Warts are normally hard growths and every time you put weight on your feet, you’re pressing the bottom of the wart against the nerves in your skin. Those nerves send screams of pain to your brain. Warts grow only in the top layer of skin, but it can feel like they’re invading your whole foot.
Your feet respond to the pressure by growing a protective layer of skin over the offending wart. That tough layer of skin forms a callus over the wart. It’s about as unattractive as the wart was, and it doesn’t necessarily relieve your pain.
Although the wart is hidden from sight, it’s still there. This article will tell you what a dead plantar wart looks like.
Almost every treatment or remedy requires removing the callus. If you don’t, the callus will stop anything you apply to get rid of the wart from reaching it. Removing a callus normally requires soaking your foot in warm water to soften the skin, then gently filing it off. Usually, your pain won’t be relieved until the wart is removed. This article describes the various techniques for plantar wart removal.
Is There More Than One Type of Plantar Wart?
These warts can take several forms. You may just have one, or you may have several growing in a cluster. Warts can be large or small. Although they are usually gray, they can be yellow, white, brown, or other colors. The surface is usually rough, but can be smooth.
Regardless of appearance, they are all plantar warts. If they aren’t treated, they can spread to other parts of your feet or infect other members of your household. If you’re wondering are plantar warts contagious, you will find the information you need here.
What Do They Look Like?
Plantar warts can vary greatly in appearance and location.
Following are some of the most common ways they can infect your feet:
- They most often occur on the soles of your feet. Because of their location, plantar warts are very painful for most individuals. They can spread so that your whole foot is covered.
- Plantar warts can invade the top of your feet, although not as often as they infect your soles. If you have a wart on the bottom of your foot and sit with one foot on top of the other, the wart can easily spread.
- The virus that causes plantar warts enters through breaks in your skin. Your heel is particularly vulnerable as the skin there is often cracked. Shoes can also rub your heels and irritate the skin.
- There is information about a plantar wart on toe here. Because your toes are so close together, it’s easy for the warts to infect all your toes and spread to the rest of your foot.
- Often a callus will grow over a plantar wart. The callus covers the wart and drives it deep into your skin. Although it appears that you have an ingrown wart, that isn’t the case. Warts grow only in the top layer of skin.
- Plantar warts will grow anywhere the virus can penetrate the skin. They like moist areas and the undersides of sweaty feet provide an ideal environment for them.
- Plantar warts on your ankles can be further irritated if your shoes rub against them. Although it may feel like the wart is growing into the ankle bone, it isn’t.
- As with warts on your ankles, warts on the side of your feet can be irritated by shoes. These may not be as painful as warts are on other parts of your feet.
- Plantar warts on the ball of your foot can be especially painful because you put your weight on them with every step you take. Having these removed often requires staying off your feet until the wound can heal.
- Plantar warts can be quite large, but more often single warts will grow together in a large cluster. These are called mosaic warts, and they can expand to an inch or more in diameter. There’s more information here about what a mosaic wart is.
Are Plantar Warts Different From Common Warts?
Common warts usually appear on your hands. Like all warts, they are caused by a contagious virus that is acquired via skin-to-skin contact. Any break in your skin can lead to an infection. Common warts will usually disappear on their own, but many individuals choose to have them removed because of their appearance.
Plantar warts grow only on your feet. Unlike plantar warts, common warts are rarely painful. You should not try to cut out a plantar wart or a common wart.
- Is very painful.
- Can lead to infection.
- Causes bleeding you may not be able to stop.
Your skin has lots of blood vessels and nerve endings. When you cut a wart, you slice into those blood vessels and nerves. Do-it-yourself surgery is not a safe way to get rid of plantar warts.
Many individuals can ignore most of their warts. If they choose to remove them, it’s usually because of the way they look. Plantar warts are an exception, and you probably need to remove them because of how much it hurts to walk. It’s important to remember that no matter how you treat them, warts can reappear without warning. Keep your immune system strong, and it will resist the wart-causing virus so your feet will be attractive and pain-free.