A plantar wart a viral infection that results in a harmless skin growth. Plantar warts are a specific type of wart that occurs on the bottom of your feet. Plantar warts are typically very painful when you walk. A virus makes the top layer of skin grow quickly, causing a wart. Plantar warts are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV) and is in the same family of warts on other areas of the body. Warts sometimes go away on their own in months or even years.
There are two types of plantar warts:
A solitary wart is a single wart. It often increases in size and may eventually multiply, forming additional satellite warts.
Mosaic warts are a cluster of several small warts growing closely together in one area. Mosaic warts are more difficult to treat than solitary warts.
The symptoms of a plantar wart may include:
Thickened skin. A plantar wart often resembles a callus because of its tough, thick tissue.
Pain. Walking and standing may be painful. Squeezing the sides of the wart may also cause pain.
Tiny black dots. These often appear on the surface of the wart. The dots are actually dried blood contained in the capillaries (tiny blood vessels). Plantar warts grow deep into the skin. Usually, this growth occurs slowly with the wart starting small and becoming larger over time.
Treatment includes over-the-counter medication like salicylic acid or even duct tape. Stronger medicine or treatment maybe indicated effectively eliminating warts in a short amount of time and include inject them with medicine, removing warts through surgery, or by freezing them.
Warts are spread easily. You can infect yourself again by touching the wart and then touching another part of your body. You also can infect others by sharing towels, razors, or other personal items.