The human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for many kinds of conditions from simple warts to cancer. In plantar warts, the virus invades the sole of the feet by entering the body through tiny cracks or cuts in the skin and causing circular warts with the appearance of callused skin to form. Plantar warts can grow individually, or cluster in what is called a mosaic. Each wart usually has a tiny black dot in the center, which is actually dried blood in the minuscule capillary that feeds the wart with blood. Plantar warts can be very painful due to pressure placed on them during walking and running and can multiply or get larger without treatment. Because plantar warts are very hearty and home treatments are often ineffective or risky (especially for people with diabetes or neuropathy), professional treatment from a podiatrist is suggested.
About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.
While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.
To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.
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